Hey, Remember When The Leafs?

TORONTO (Sep. 2) — As the Toronto Maple Leafs prepare to open training camp for their one–hundredth year in the National Hockey League, I thought I’d remind you about the last time the club…

WON THE STANLEY CUP: May 2, 1967 in Game 6 against Montreal at Maple Leaf Gardens.
LOST THE STANLEY CUP FINAL: Apr. 14, 1960 in Game 4 to Montreal at Maple Leaf Gardens.
APPEARED IN A PLAYOFF GAME: May 13, 2013 at Boston, losing Game 7 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal in overtime (Patrice Bergeron beat James Reimer).
WON A PLAYOFF GAME: May 12, 2013 over Boston at Air Canada Centre in Game 6.
APPEARED IN A PLAYOFF GAME AFTER A FULL, 82–GAME SCHEDULE: May 4, 2004, against Philadelphia in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference semifinal, losing in overtime (Jeremy Roenick beat Ed Belfour).
WON A PLAYOFF GAME AFTER A FULL, 82–GAME SCHEDULE: Apr. 30, 2004, over Philadelphia at Air Canada Centre in Game 4 of the same Eastern Conference semifinal.
WON A PLAYOFF SERIES: Apr. 20, 2004, over Ottawa at Air Canada Centre in Game 7 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

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WON A PLAYOFF GAME IN OVERTIME: Apr. 21, 2003, over Philadelphia at Air Canada Centre in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal (Travis Green beat Robert Esche).
WON A PLAYOFF SERIES WITH AN OVERTIME GOAL: May 17, 1999, at Pittsburgh in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference semifinal (Garry Valk beat Tom Barrasso).
RECORDED A PLAYOFF SHUT–OUT: Apr. 16, 2004, over Ottawa at Air Canada Centre in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal (Ed Belfour).
WAS SHUT OUT IN A PLAYOFF GAME: May 23, 2002, by Carolina at Air Canada Centre in Game 4 of an Eastern Conference final (Arturs Irbe).
SCORED 10 OR MORE GOALS IN A PLAYOFF GAME: Never.
ALLOWED 10 OR MORE GOALS IN A PLAYOFF GAME: Apr. 2, 1969, at Boston in Game 1 of a Stanley Cup quarterfinal (10–0 loss).
SCORED NINE GOALS IN A PLAYOFF GAME: Apr. 14, 1942, against Detroit at Maple Leaf Gardens in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final (9–3 win).
ALLOWED NINE GOALS IN A PLAYOFF GAME: Apr. 8, 1981, at New York Islanders in Game 1 of a best–of–five preliminary round (9–2 loss).
SCORED EIGHT GOALS IN A PLAYOFF GAME: May 8, 1994, at San Jose in Game 4 of a Western Conference semifinal (8–3 win).

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SCORED ON A PLAYOFF PENALTY SHOT: May 29, 1999, at Buffalo in Game 4 of an Eastern Conference final (Mats Sundin beat Dominik Hasek).
WAS SCORED UPON BY A PLAYOFF PENALTY SHOT: Apr. 24, 2002, at New York Islanders in Game 4 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal (Shawn Bates beat Curtis Joseph).
RECORDED A PLAYOFF HATTRICK: Apr. 9, 2003, at Philadelphia in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal (Alexander Mogilny).
WON A 1–0 PLAYOFF GAME IN OVERTIME: Apr. 13, 2001, at Ottawa in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal (Mats Sundin beat Patrick Lalime).
LOST A 1–0 PLAYOFF GAME IN OVERTIME: Apr. 9, 1950, at Detroit in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semifinals (Leo Reise beat Turk Broda).
SWEPT A BEST–OF–SEVEN SERIES: vs. Ottawa in 2001 Eastern Conference quarterfinal.
GOT SWEPT IN A BEST–OF–SEVEN SERIES: vs. Montreal in 1979 Stanley Cup quarterfinal.
WON THE STANLEY CUP IN OVERTIME: Apr. 21, 1951, vs. Montreal at Maple Leaf Gardens in Game 5 (Bill Barilko beat Gerry McNeil).
LOST THE STANLEY CUP IN OVERTIME: Apr. 13, 1940, vs. New York Rangers at Maple Leaf Gardens in Game 6 (Bryan Hextall beat Turk Broda).
WON A PLAYOFF SERIES AGAINST A FORMER TEAM: 1979, vs. Atlanta Flames, sweeping a best–of–three preliminary round.
LOST A PLAYOFF SERIES AGAINST A FORMER TEAM: 1983, vs. Minnesota North Stars, 3–1 in games of a best–of–five preliminary round.

FULL REGULAR SEASON (minimum 70 games)
Last time the Leafs…

PLAYED 84 GAMES: 1993–94 (2 neutral–site).
PLAYED 80 GAMES: 1991–92.
PLAYED 78 GAMES: 1973–74.
PLAYED 76 GAMES: 1969–70.
PLAYED 74 GAMES: 1967–68.
PLAYED 70 GAMES: 1966–67.
WON 50 GAMES: Never.
LOST 50 GAMES: 1984–85 (20–52–8).
WON 40 GAMES: 2006–07 (40–31–11).
LOST 40 GAMES: 2015–16 (29–42–11).
WON FEWER THAN 30 GAMES: 2015–16 (29–42–11).
LOST FEWER THAN 30 GAMES: 2003–04 (45–24–10).

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SCORED 300 GOALS: 1989–90 (337).
ALLOWED 300 GOALS: 1990–91 (318).
WON SIX CONSECUTIVE GAMES: Dec. 6–16, 2014 (4–0–2).
LOST SIX CONSECUTIVE GAMES: Feb. 27–Mar. 7, 2016 (0–5–1).
WON SIX CONSECUTIVE IN REGULATION TIME: Nov. 27–Dec. 6, 2003.
LOST SIX CONSECUTIVE IN REGULATION TIME: Mar. 14–26, 2015.
WON ON OPENING NIGHT: 2013–14 (Oct. 1) at Montreal (4–3).
LOST ON OPENING NIGHT: 2015–16 (Oct. 7) vs. Montreal at Air Canada Centre (3–1).
RECORDED AN OPENING–NIGHT SHUTOUT: 2011–12 (Oct. 6) vs. Montreal at Air Canada Centre (2–0).
GOT SHUT OUT ON OPENING NIGHT: 2003–04 (Oct. 11) by Montreal at Air Canada Centre (4–0).
WON IN OVERTIME ON OPENING NIGHT: Never.
LOST IN OVERTIME ON OPENING NIGHT: 2009–10 (Oct. 1) vs. Montreal at Air Canada Centre (4–3).
WON IN A SHOOTOUT ON OPENING NIGHT: 2013–14 (Oct. 5) vs. Ottawa at Air Canada Centre (5–4).
LOST IN A SHOOTOUT ON OPENING NIGHT: 2005–06 (Oct. 5) vs. Ottawa at Air Canada Centre (4–3).
PLAYED TEAM OTHER THAN OTTAWA OR MONTREAL ON OPENING NIGHT: 2008–09 (Oct. 9) at Detroit (won 3–2).
PLAYED TEAM OTHER THAN OTTAWA OR MONTREAL IN HOME OPENER: 1999–2000 (Oct. 4) vs. Boston at Air Canada Centre (won 4–0).
SCORED 14 GOALS IN A GAME: Mar. 16, 1957 vs. New York Rangers at Maple Leaf Gardens (won 14–1).
ALLOWED 14 GOALS IN A GAME: Mar. 19, 1981 at Buffalo (lost 14–4).
SCORED 13 GOALS IN A GAME: Jan. 2, 1971 vs. Detroit at Maple Leaf Gardens (won 13–0).
SCORED AT LEAST 10 GOALS IN A GAME: Jan. 4, 2007 at Boston (won 10–4).
ALLOWED AT LEAST 10 GOALS IN A GAME: Dec. 26, 1991 at Pittsburgh (lost 12–1).
SCORED 10 GOALS ON OPENING NIGHT: 1978–79 (Oct. 14) vs. New York Islanders at Maple Leaf Gardens (won 10–7).
ALLOWED 10 GOALS ON OPENING NIGHT: Never.

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SCORED NINE GOALS IN A GAME: Jan. 7, 2011 at Atlanta (won 9–3).
ALLOWED NINE GOALS IN A GAME: Nov. 18, 2014 vs. Nashville at Air Canada Centre (lost 9–2).
WON A GAME ON NEW YEAR’S EVE: Dec. 31, 2014 at Boston (4–3 SO).
LOST A GAME ON NEW YEAR’S EVE: Dec. 31, 2011 at Winnipeg (3–2).
WON A GAME ON JAN. 1: 2014 at Detroit (Bridgestone Winter Classic at Ann Arbor, Mich. — 3–2 SO).
LOST A GAME ON JAN. 1: 2009 vs. Buffalo at Air Canada Centre (4–1).
WON A LEAP–YEAR NIGHT GAME: (Feb. 29): 2000 at Atlanta (4–0).
LOST A LEAP–YEAR NIGHT GAME: (Feb. 29): 2016 vs. Tampa Bay at Air Canada Centre (2–1).
WON A GAME ON CHRISTMAS EVE: 1969 vs. Los Angeles at Maple Leaf Gardens (8–1).
LOST A GAME ON CHRISTMAS EVE: 1972 at Chicago (5–1).
WON A GAME ON CHRISTMAS DAY: 1971 vs. Detroit at Maple Leaf Gardens (5–1).
LOST A GAME ON CHRISTMAS DAY: 1970 at Minnesota (6–3).
WON ON APRIL FOOL’S DAY: Apr. 1, 2014 vs. Calgary at Air Canada Centre (5–1).
LOST ON APRIL FOOL’S DAY: Apr. 1, 2015 at Buffalo (4–3).
RECORDED A SHUTOUT TO END THE SEASON: 2003–04 (Apr. 3) at Ottawa (6–0).
WERE SHUT OUT TO END THE SEASON: 2013–14 (Apr. 12) vs. Ottawa at Air Canada Centre (1–0).
RECORDED CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUTS: Feb. 1 & 4, 2012 — 1–0 vs. Pittsburgh at Air Canada Centre / 5–0 at Ottawa.
WERE SHUT OUT CONSECUTIVELY: Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 2015 — 4–0 at Montreal and Washington.

THE CNE AND FOOTBALL

It was a beautiful night Wednesday here in town — perfect weather for a stroll through the Canadian National Exhibition and a Canadian Football League game at BMO Field between the Toronto Argonauts and B.C. Lions. The match came down to the final play and B.C. kicked a field goal to win, 16–13. BMO is undoubtedly the best home stadium in Argos history, with perfect sight–lines and a good view from virtually all of the 30,991 seats. Sadly for fans, the club has been boring and brutal in its first season back at the CNE since 1988 and first season on natural grass since 1971. The Argos are 1–5 at home so far in 2016 and are coming off three losses at BMO in a 19–night span by a combined score of 96–53. There is virtually no imagination to the Toronto offense… and offense does sell tickets. Until the Argos begin to show some pizzazz with the football, their new facility will continue to be half–full. Sports fans want to be entertained.

I had my trusty NIKON with me Wednesday night:

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THE PRINCES’ GATES ENTRANCE TO THE CNE.

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LATE–DAY REFLECTION FROM THE CNE MIDWAY.

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FINAL SUNSET OF AUGUST (ABOVE AND BELOW) FROM UPPER DECK AT BMO FIELD.

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CLOSE–UP: IN THE TRENCHES.

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NOT AN IMAGE THE ARGOS WANT TO SEE. THE CLUB HAS TO START PLAYING ENTERTAINING AND WINNING FOOTBALL IN ITS NEW STADIUM. IT HAS DONE NEITHER, SO FAR.

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THIRD–DOWN GAMBLE: ARGOS vs. B.C. LIONS.

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THE CNE MIDWAY AFTER DARK FROM BMO FIELD.

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B.C.’s GAME–WINNING, 31–YARD FIELD GOAL WITH NO TIME LEFT ON THE CLOCK.

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FINAL SCORE (LEFT). AND HOOKING UP AFTERWARD WITH MY OLD COLLEAGUE AT THE FAN–590, DON LANDRY, WHO HANDLES THE PUBLIC–ADDRESS MIKE AT ARGOS HOME GAMES.

FIRE CLOUDS

As the sun set here in Toronto on Thursday, it reflected spectacularly off cumulus clouds.

I snapped these nifty photos:

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