Maple Leafs' playoff drought over, and here's why

Ed Belfour was in net for Toronto the last time the Maple Leafs reached the post-season, nine years...

Ed Belfour was in net for Toronto the last time the Maple Leafs reached the post-season, nine years ago. (QMI Agency files)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:55 PM ET

Nine years.

How long ago was that?

Consider that in 2004, Twitter was still two years away from being introduced and the Boston Red Sox were still six months away from ending their 86-year championship drought.

As for the Maple Leafs, it's been nine long years since Jeremy Roenick's goal at 7:39 of overtime gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 second-round elimination victory over the Maple Leafs on May 4, 2004, at the Air Canada Centre. Incredibly, five members of that losing Leafs team -- Mats Sundin, Ed Belfour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Ron Francis and Brian Leetch -- have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.


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