Maple Leafs can clinch playoff spot tonight

Jake Gardiner and Ryan O'Byrne talk during Leafs practice at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto April...

Jake Gardiner and Ryan O'Byrne talk during Leafs practice at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto April 5, 2013. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency files)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:08 PM ET

TORONTO - Facebook launched. Funk singer Rick James died. Rockers Creed disbanded for the first time, perhaps thankfully. The Red Sox ended the Curse of the Bambino. Shrek 2 was raking it in at the box office.

These are a few things that took place in 2004. The Maple Leafs, as most not living under a rock are aware, were a playoff team then, but haven't been a playoff team since.

Times eventually change. Barring a meltdown to end all meltdowns, Toronto will be competing for a Stanley Cup in the coming days. It might not have come quickly, but the team that never makes the playoffs is about to make the playoffs.

"I think some excitement is already starting to build," said Leafs forward Nazem Kadri, who was 14 when Eddie the Eagle, Mats Sundin and Co. last took the Leafs into the post-season following a 103-point campaign. "But by no means is our job finished."


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