Montreal-Toronto games usually deliver on the hype, at least to some degree. I would imagine the upcoming tilt between the traditional rivals this weekend should be a dandy, too. A win would pull the Leafs within two points of Montreal in the Division standings—which would not be bad considering the relative turmoil in Leafworld in recent weeks.
What the match-up triggered for me however, as an old-time hockey guy, is a lot of reminiscing about when these two sides used to meet regularly in the NHL playoffs. Those series stand out for me—they brought out no end of anxiety, hope, despair (in hockey terms) joy and frustration and countless moments that I’ll always remember and treasure.
In Episode 7 of “The Vintage Leaf Memories Podcast”, I take a not-very-detailed look (it’s a challenge to be precise when you are doing these things off the top of your head!) back at the Hab-Leaf series that have been such a significant part of my life as a hockey fan. Between the late 1950s and the late 1970s, those two franchises were involved in some outstanding and highly memorable series.
By the way, we’ve made a slight technical switch to the program, changing some parts of the RSS feed (my technical 'helpers' told me to say this- I have zero idea what that actually means). It shouldn't matter from the user/listener end, but for for those who subscribe via iTunes, you might briefly see some duplication of the first six episodes. Let me know if you experience any hiccups, but everything should work fine going forward.
The links are below. I hope you enjoy Episode 7.
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