Has there been a bigger goal from the Toronto Maple Leafs since 1993?
Mats Sundin put the puck in the back of the net over 500 times in his NHL career and this was the biggest and most important one of them all.
More videos including a Steve Webb beating and 2002 playoff analysis after jump
Toronto opened up as the #4 seed and faced off against the #5 seeded New York Islanders in what was the bloodiest/dangerous/intense/hardest hitting serious that I have ever watched.
Toronto won in 7 games after winning all of the home games and dropping all the games in New York. In the process they lost Mats Sundin to a fractured wrist after a hit by Steve Webb who quickly became the most hated man in Leafs Nation.
Steve Webb threw some of the latest and most dangerous hits that would get him kicked out of the NHL in this day in age.
The worst part of his game was that he would never fight and you couldn't hit him back because he never touched the puck.
Toronto got the last laugh on him in that series and so did Owen Nolan.
Two nights after eliminating the Islanders they welcomed the Ottawa Senators to the Air Canada Centre.
After war for 7 games against the Islanders the Senators brought a much different game to the ice in game one and easily put aside the Leafs in the opening contest.
Ottawa then took an early 2-0 lead in game 6 back at home in Ottawa but because of
Tie Domi's balance a 5 minute power play the Maple Leafs scored twice to tie the game and thanks to an Alex Mogilny third period winner the Leafs won game 6 and earned a game 7 back on home ice in Toronto.
In Game 7 Curtis Joseph and the Leafs shut the door and Alex Mogilny scored twice in the Leafs 3-0 win.
That win brought the Leafs to the Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes who had home ice only because they were the Southeast Division winners. They actually had 9 fewer points then the Maple Leafs in the regular season.
Toronto went on to win game one and had all of Leafs Nation dreaming of the Cup Finals.
Of course that didn't happen.
A combination of the Leafs previous injuries and having too many injured players come back in the lineup on top of a Pat Quinn illness and a clutch and grab Carolina Hurricanes that eliminated any Maple Leafs offensive attack led the Leafs to bowing out in 6 games.
Carolina won three different games in overtime including game 6 after the above game tying goal by Mats Sundin.
The above video is the call by Joe Bowen.
Here is another video with the call from CBC and ESPN.
"Score, the Leafs have tied the game and the place goes crazy"
Isn't reminiscing about past Leafs playoff runs that sees them not win the Stanley Cup fun?
Hey, it's all we have.
Enjoy it and hope for a better future!