We're still in the race, we're hanging on by the tiniest of threads, but we're still in the playoff race. In their last 8 hockey games the Toronto Maple Leafs went 4 - 3 - 1. As a result the Leafs sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, five points out of the 8th and final playoff spot currently held by the Buffalo Sabres. Giving away an extra point against the Islanders, and loosing to Chicago, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia didn't help our cause. However, important wins over the Sabres, Hurricanes, Bruins and Wild have kept hope alive for Leaf Nation.
I was lucky enough to be at the game against the Boston Bruins and what a game it was. This game had it all. Luke Schenn's impression of Bobby Orr was an end to end rush, that got the Leafs the opening goal of the game. As if that weren't enough, history was made as Nazem Kadri scored his first career NHL goal. The rarities continued as Joey Crabb had a goal on his way to a 3 point night. Mike Brown also chipped in offensively. James Reimer made several miraculous saves in the 5 - 2 victory, and followed it up with a 3 - 0 shutout against the Wild. Along the way he made three breakaway saves, two of which came shorthanded.
Let's face it, the task ahead of the Maple Leafs is daunting. Their going to have to win the majority of the remaining 8 games and get help from other teams in order to pass Carolina and Buffalo. We're Leaf fans, and hoping against all hope is something we are experts at. As the song says, "Never Say Never." Wow! Did I just quote a Justin Bieber song? Well, desperate times call for desperate measures.