Since 2013, Sport 7s (or within the case of 2020, a Sport 5) within the first spherical has been a really acquainted spot for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs have confronted quite a lot of groups to find out who’ll transfer onto the following spherical in dramatic style within the type of Boston, Columbus, and now Montreal. TV-wise, seeing the group in Canada’s largest market is at all times a draw regardless of who the opponent is.
A recreation like this can be groundhog day for Leafs followers, however the majority of those sequence have been cash for Sportsnet and CBC.
2013 vs Boston Bruins, Sport 7 Japanese Convention First Spherical:
The notorious 4-1 recreation. For Maple Leaf followers in every single place, this is among the most painful recollections in latest franchise historical past. For CBC, the scores had been a dream come true. Sport 7 was a Hockey Night time In Canada report with 5.1 million viewers tuning in for some of the surreal comebacks in NHL playoff historical past.
2018 vs Boston Bruins, Sport 7 Japanese Convention First Spherical:
5 years later, the Leafs would discover themselves in one other Sport 7 towards the Boston Bruins at TD Backyard. As soon as once more, the Bruins would come out on high within the sequence decider to the tune of a 7-4 win however Sportsnet and CBC would additionally win massive even when the Canadian group did not. The networks would see 4.18 million viewers tune in for it and it could not solely be the most-watched recreation of the postseason however had the second-most viewers of any NHL recreation to air on Sportsnet.
2020 vs Columbus Blue Jackets, Sport 5, Stanley Cup Japanese Convention Qualifying Spherical:
Not a Sport 7, however nonetheless a winner take-all recreation within the altered best-of-five sequence in final 12 months’s 24 group postseason. A sequence that noticed the Leafs battle again to drive a Sport 5, ended on one other down word for the Leafs as they’d fall 3-0 to Columbus. The numbers would not be as excessive as sequence in 2013 or 2018 however they’d nonetheless draw an estimated in a single day viewers of two.5 million viewers on Sportsnet.
Tonight, in an all-Canadian sequence, regardless of if the Leafs win or the Canadiens win, the networks will probably be celebrating as all the nation watches.