Thursday, October 3, 2013

Leafs with Two Road Wins to Start a Season, First Time in Franchise History


Two road games to start a season, two road victories. That may not seem like much, but it's literally the very first time the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise that it has occurred.

The Maple Leaf/ St.Patricks/ Arenas have only started the season with two consecutive road games seven times in their history. This year is the first time they have won both of these games.

The last time the Leafs started a campaign with consecutive road games was 1994/95, they tied in Los Angeles and lost in San Jose. The best that Toronto has done in any of these two game road starts was a tie and a win in both 1971/72 and 1981/82.

In 1971/72 the Leafs won their opener in Vancouver then tied the Golden Seals in California. Back the, Toronto split the goaltending each game with Bernie Parent starting the first, and Jacques Plante the second.
A decade later in 1981/82 the Leafs won 6-1 in Winnipeg then tied Minnesota 3-3 behind the not quite so formidable duo Vincent Tremblay and Michel "Bunny" Larocque.

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