The dream matchup Toronto Maple Leaf and Montreal Canadien fans were hoping to see in the first round will not be happening. With the Ottawa Senators defeating the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Sunday night, Toronto will now be opening the post-season against Boston. Had the Bruins won the game then the Leafs would have met the Canadiens.
Toronto could have helped the cause on Saturday by defeating Montreal at home, but instead the Leafs showed a poor effort and dropped a lopsided 4-1 decision. A Toronto win there would have also ensured a first round meeting between the two rivals.
Not only would a series between the two have been special for fans, but one would think Toronto would have had a much more favourable matchup against Montreal. The Leafs took three-of-five meetings between the two sides in 2013 and won two games rather easily.
Boston on the other hand figures to be much tougher with the Leafs going 1-2-1 against the Bruins this year. Not to mention the fact that the B’s have owned the Leafs in recent years, including going 6-0 against Toronto last season while outscoring the Buds 36-10. The series will kickoff in Boston on Wednesday night.