TORONTO, ON. Oct. 26, 2020 — Ottawa Public Health as a way to find a little optimism during the pandemic and being hit by the city’s first snowfall, took to Twitter to inspire residents in our nation’s capital to “find ways to keep the faith and stay the course.” Unfortunately, for Leafs fans they poked a little fun at their expense.
The tweet from Ottawa Public Health reads “So, snow. In October. Between that & the pandemic, we know it’s been hard lately. But if Leafs fans can still be optimistic when going into Game 7 of a playoff series against Boston, surely the rest of us can find ways to keep the faith & stay the course.”
And what followed was a great deal of blue and white love coming to the defense of a team that has lost three opening round game sevens to the Boston Bruins: 2013, 2018 and 2019.
Over 200 comments have been made, mostly by true blue and whiters but also from Ottawans, who enjoyed the cheeky Monday morning comment but were also quick to point out that Ottawa fans aren’t in a position to throw stones, or pucks for that matter.
“I’m a Sens fan, though and through, but using the game 7 analogy probably wasn’t wise since the Sens have never won a game 7 against any team. Never swept a team in the playoffs either,” tweeted Anonymous Drew.
One Leafs fan also pointed out that the Ottawa Senators have never won a game 7, while other Leafs fans were quick to assert that the last time Leafs won in Game 7 was actually against the Ottawa Senators.
The exchange began to get as heated as the great Ontario rivalry used to be in the early 2000s. The Leafs were successful eliminating the Sens all 4 times that they faced off against each other in the playoffs: 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004. But the battles were heated both on the ice and in the stands.
The Ottawa Senators last made the playoffs in 2017, when they made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals before being ousted by the Penguins. They’ve been in the playoffs a total of 25 times in their 42 seasons. They have also won three Stanley Cups — in 1921, 1923, and 1927 — albeit even longer ago than the Leafs’ last hoisted Lord Stanley’s coveted trophy in 1967.
Nevertheless, Ottawa Public Health gave kudos to the one poster who pointed out that the Senators have never won a game 7. “Btw, it’s been a busy day but we wanted to make sure to acknowledge that this was easily the most clever & shamelessly cold reply to this tweet all day. Very well played.”
Ottawa Public Health also rounded off their playful dig at the Leafs by appealing to the city’s residents to be COVID-wise.
“p.s. be #COVIDwise,” they said, reaffirming the seriousness of the pandemic and the importance of following Ontario and Ottawa Public Health guidelines.
Meanwhile, the Leafs PR team were busy sharing their spooky Leafs jack-o-lanterns for National Pumpkin Day and asking fans to get creative and share theirs. Fans were very quick to comply.
Click on the below tweet from the Toronto Maple Leafs to see just how creative Leafs fans can be.
story by Terry Lankstead