Nazem Kadri was a 13-year-old teenager when the Maple Leafs last appeared in the Stanley Cup playoffs, that coming back in 2004.
Out in Anaheim, Joffrey Lupul was a rookie for the Anaheim “Mighty” Ducks at that time, collecting 34 points in 75 games during his freshman season on the left coast.
Who would have thought that, some nine years later, the Leafs would not have played a post-season game in that time?
Certainly not Kadri and Lupul, who don’t give a rat’s rump about that history. They are too intent on creating some of their own.
If that was ever in doubt, just look at the way these two Leaf forwards dominated the Battle of Ontario on Saturday night in a fashion that, frankly, few, if any, have done before them.
That was never more evident than 4:48 of the third period when the ice at Scotiabank Place was scattered with hats in tribute to Kadri, who had just notched his second career hat trick.
How often do you see fans do that