For those who believe that rivalries in sports has long been a lost art, they should think again and take a look at the longstanding hatred between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. There is absolutely no love lost between these two clubs, and the last thing they want to do is do each other any favors.
With the Canadiens’ road victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night, the Leafs finally got a much-needed break and some help from their biggest rival. Before losing to the Canadiens, the Red Wings were tied with the Buds with 80 points but also had two games in hand, making their playoff push a tad bit more realistic.
Although the Leafs still have their backs up against the wall as they desperately try to snap their current six-game losing streak, knowing that the Red Wings lost a crucial game has to somewhat boost their confidence.
By no means was this something that the Canadiens wanted to do for the Leafs. The two organizations and fans of both teams alike have enough trouble making legitimate eye contact with each other, let alone try to win a game for one another. However, the Leafs will gladly take what they can get at this point as they continue to try to win games down the stretch and make it into the playoffs.
Watching and waiting to see if another team is going to help your favorite team’s cause is never a comforting feeling. However, desperate times call for desperate measures — even if that means cheering for a team that you otherwise cared less about for as long as you have lived.