I know we'd have been playing this season in search of a 26th cup had it not been for Begin!!
27th if you count his performance in the playoffs last year.
I don't know about you but I enjoyed having the leafs be the team that knocked us out of the playoffs with that loss. I think any logical person would rather have their team in the playoffs than not. And while they probably wouldn't have won there have been plenty of examples of teams seeded 8th going on magical runs in the past couple years.