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Opponents

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

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Logo evolution
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Cups won against
1959
 
4-1 VS Toronto 11th
1960
 
4-0 VS Toronto 12th
 
Statistics (as of 2013-2014 season)
SEASON
 
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
GF Goals for - Number of goals the team has scored
GA Goals against - Number of goals scored against the team
HOME 362 211 103 43 470 1252 917
AWAY 362 131 183 45 310 961 1095
TOTALS 724 342 286 88 780 2213 2012
SEASON
 
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
GF Goals for - Number of goals the team has scored
GA Goals against - Number of goals scored against the team
HOME 36 25 11 50 118 70
AWAY 35 17 18 34 97 90
TOTALS 71 42 29 84 215 160
Since the NHL added a franchise in Toronto in 1917, the rivalry between the two Canadian metropolises has never waned.  

The Canadiens and the Maple Leafs met in the postseason for the first time at the end of the inaugural NHL season, though it was the Blueshirts – as they were called since they had no official name yet – who came away victorious, eventually winning the Stanley Cup that same year.  Oddly enough, except on one occasion in 1925, the rivals didn’t face off against each other in the playoffs at all between 1918 and 1940. 

After meeting in the playoffs three times at the end of the 1940s, the rivalry between the two teams exploded in the mid-1950s. From 1956 to 1960, the Canadiens were the class of the NHL, winning a league record five consecutive Stanley Cups, the last two of which came against the Maple Leafs.   

After an anomalous season that saw the Blackhawks crowned champions in 1961, the Maple Leafs did their best impression of the Canadiens, hoisting the Cup in three consecutive years.  In 13 seasons, between 1956 and 1969, Montreal and Toronto combined for 12 of the 13 Stanley Cups that were handed out.  The Maple Leafs have not reached the Stanley Cup Finals since 1967, the longest drought of any team in the NHL. 

The Toronto-Montreal rivalry is only exacerbated by the fact that many of the superstars from both teams have switch over to the other side at some point in their careers, outraging the clubs’ most fervent and passionate fans. 

Since 1920, Sprague Cleghorn, Dick Duff, George Hainsworth, Frank Mahovlich, Dickie Moore, Bert Olmstead, Jacques Plante and Marcel Pronovost have traded in their bleu-blanc-rouge for the blue and white maple leaf and vice-versa.

In 1997, Ken Dryden, who backstopped the Canadiens to six Stanley Cup triumphs throughout the 1970s, accepted the position of president of the Maple Leafs. Dryden fought to bring Toronto into the North-East division to give the fans what they wanted to see: more Habs-Leafs games.