It may be the Stadium Series game in Denver that is getting the headlines, but to some, mostly Old Timers, Toronto vs. Montreal is still a bit special – even these days when neither team is very good.
Both the Leafs and Canadiens (as well as the other Canadian teams) are on the outside of the playoff race. Neither is any place close to a cup. The last time there was a parade down Ste. Catherine was in 1993. The Leafs, as we are constantly reminded, have not won since 1967 (Next year is Canada’s 150th – Toronto spoiled Montreal’s Expo fdun on Canada’s centennial). It’s become a long slump.
But it’s still Leafs-Montreal or Canadiens-Toronto, depending on one’s perspective. Not what it used to be. But still more special than playing, say, Nashville, Dallas or Arizona.
BTW, they play this weekend in Montreal 50 years after Frank Mahovolich became the first Leaf to score 250 goals.