Leaf Nation fired up for first home playoff game in years

Leaf Nation fired up for first home playoff game in years

本帖最後由 marctsoi 於 7-5-2013 08:20 編輯

Toronto host Boston tonight in Maple Leafs' first home playoff game since 2004
CBC News Posted: May 6, 2013 6:15 AM ET

The many members of Leaf Nation are revved up for Game 3 of Toronto's first round series with the Boston Bruins this evening, as fans of the Maple Leafs get set to watch the first playoff game at home in nearly a decade.

Matteo Codispoti, who runs the We Want a Cup website, said the series is an important event for Toronto fans and the members of his family.

"As a Leaf Nation member, it’s the end of the nine-year drought — the longest drought in the NHL, our longest drought in our 100-year history," Codispoti told CBC Radio's Metro Morning on Monday.

"As a dad, I get to share moments with my kids. And as the son of a Leaf fan and the father of a Leaf fan, it’s big for me."

Toronto has split the first two games of the series with Boston, which is the first time the Original Six rivals have met in the post-season since 1974.

The Leafs won the second game, which Codispoti said "captured the imagination of all of us."

That enthusiasm could be seen on the streets of Toronto on Monday, which Mayor Rob Ford proclaimed as "blue and white day" in the city.
"The thrill of playoff hockey is in the air in this great city folks," Ford said. "The Toronto Maple Leafs' long journey back to the playoffs is finally over."

The mayor, wearing a Leafs jersey, predicted Toronto would capture the series by winning the next three games.
Ford said he saw many wearing blue and white along Bay Street.

The Leafs themselves have taken notice of the spirit in the street.
"Even before we were in the playoff run, that's just Leaf Nation — they're everywhere," said Toronto forward Nazem Kadri.
"We've got the best fans in the world and we're expecting to see it tonight."

The Boston Bruins scored two goals in a little over two minutes in the second period to defeat the Maple Leafs 5-2 Monday night and regain the upper hand in their NHL playoff series.