“What if ...?”
Those are the two most repeated words in the Toronto area these days, even eclipsing “Rob Ford.” Or “mayoral scandal.” Or “Jays suck.”
And when the Boston Bruins stepped onto the United Center ice Wednesday evening to kick off the 2013 Stanley Cup final against the Chicago Blackhawks, those two words once again came to the forefront.
“What if” the Leafs had held on to their 4-1 third-period lead in Game 7 of their first-round series against those same Bruins, instead of authoring one of the most colossal collapses in team history, resulting in a gut-wrenching 5-4 overtime loss?
Would they then, in fact, have gone on to steamroll over the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins the way the Bruins did?
And would they now be representing the Eastern Conference in the final instead of the Bruins?
Leaf Nation has dared to dream. And so have some of the players.