The 1979 playoff series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Atlanta Flames lasted just two games, but there were enough memorable events to make it stand out in Leafs history. Of course back then, the opening round of the postseason was just contested in a best two out of three series, as opposed to the seven game variety. The Leafs pulled off the rare two game sweep that year.
In game one down in Atlanta, a massive brawl broke out that involved Darryl Sittler and Tiger Williams, among others. It was easy to see that tie downs weren’t mandatory back then because all kinds of equipment came flying off everybody. The brouhaha seemed to be resolved several times, only to see it start up again thanks to some uncontrollable players. At one point Ian Turnbull comes flying of the bench like the Ultimate Warrior and lays into a Flames player. Dave Burrows also has someone in a UFC ground and pound at the 4:18 mark.
As wild as that game was, you could argue that wasn’t even the craziest thing that happened in the series. In game two back in Toronto, the Leafs set a playoff record by scoring three goals in just 23 seconds. In the first period, Sittler scored at 4:04 and 4:16, while Ron Ellis added one at 4:27.
For some reason on all of these goals the entire Leaf bench jumped on the ice to mob the scorer. You would think goals wouldn’t have been that much of a call for celebration back then, since goalies looked like they were using street hockey equipment.
The best part of this is when the commentator yells “What’s happening here?!?” after the third goal, like he never expected the Leafs to pull off such a feat.