Sign of spring #2: the Maple Leafs almost make the playoffs

Sign of spring #2: the Maple Leafs almost make the playoffs

Fredrik Sjostrom looks forlorn (Image: Bridget Samuels) 

This has become an annual tradition in the city. The Toronto Maple Leafs put together an unlikely late-season run at the playoffs, teasing fans with the false hope that this year will be the year. Of course, the ending is always the same: the team sputters at exactly the wrong time and, once again, fails to turn the dream into reality. Sigh.