The 2004 Toronto Maple Leafs had been one HELL of a group of memorable names, and likewise the final time the Blue & White had been in a position to advance to the second spherical of the playoffs.
Right here’s hoping these Leafs can do the identical tonight. Sport 5 in opposition to Montreal will get underway at 7 pm ET on CBC and Sportsnet, with Toronto one win away from advancing to play the Winnipeg Jets.
Joe Nieuwendyk, Ron Francis, Brian Leetch, Tomas Kaberle, Ed Belfour, and Bryan McCabe had been fairly the unit of hockey expertise on that 2004 group.
They received their first spherical matchup in opposition to a divisional rival in Ottawa (their fourth sequence win over the nation’s capital in simply 5 seasons).
Simply two present Leafs gamers had been within the league at the moment. Joe Thornton was a member of the Boston Bruins. Jason Spezza was within the constructing for the Leafs win, as a scratch for the Senators.
Auston Matthews was six years previous.
Right here’s the Leafs’ ahead group from that night time, a 4-1 win over the Sens on April 20, 2004:
Mats Sundin, as you might (or might not… it’s been a bit) recall was coping with an damage and missed a number of video games within the 2004 playoffs.
And right here’s the defence/ goaltending:
No person on this record was in a position to win something a lot else as Leaf, as it could be the final time they’d make the playoffs till the 2013 shortened season.
It was additionally fairly the bodily affair.
Let’s hope there’s no jinxes from this publish…
Screenshots through NHL.com & Hockey-Reference.com