I’d seen the Leafs play the Blackhawks only once before last week’s shellacking: it was fourteen years ago this Saturday, and it was my one and only time at the old Maple Leaf Gardens. The Hawks won that game, too; Denis Savard scored twice, while Mats Sundin netted my first “live” Maple Leafs goal. As for the Gardens, essentially dormant now for twelve years, blogTO has some stunning photos of its ongoing makeover into the joint Loblaws-and-Ryerson facility. I actually found these difficult to stomach; my memories of that building look nothing whatsoever like this.
Chicago Blackhawks 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 3