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03-14-2013, 06:01 PM
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Leaf fan here (and no i didnt have the audacity to vote in the poll). I think it was probably split 60:40 for that 2011 cup finals. 60% of the leaf fans who cared wanted you guys to win. The ones who didnt either cheer against division rivals or wanted the cup back in canada. But obviously you guys did play montreal in the first round that year so a lot of us started off cheering for you that playoffs and just never stopped. Also like you mentioned (and this was my personal reason for cheering for you), a lot of us knew what the canucks stood for. I still cringe to think what would have happened if they won the cup with THAT kind of team, inevitably inspiring the hockey world to copy them.
Plus the bruins were basically what the leafs wanted to be at the time; pugnacity, testosterone, belligerence, truculence. Brian Burke basically wanted to mold the leafs into that.
Lastly it was comical how mad you guys made the Habs fans that year
What made it worse is that the Habs fans really got along with the Lightning and Canucks fans. Both of those teams had styles or players that the Canadiens fans could easily cheer for against Boston. Icing on the cake was having Habs fans watch the Bruins win three game sevens (including against Montreal) on the way to the Cup. It couldn't have gone any worse for them that year (first round exit to Boston).
This Toronto team is the 2007-2008 Boston Bruins. THey remind me so much of that team it is scary. Boston eventually lost in game 7 against Montreal, but that game 6 in Bsoton when Sturm scored marked the return of the Bruins to the playoffs and contending for the Cup.
This year is the Leafs year to return to the playoffs and have that one big win in the first round that starts the march forward. I wonder who their 'Sturm' is going to be?
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