in any case, i did like the quinn era despite some of the frustrating mistakes that could be seen from a mile away (and not just in hindsight).
the big difference between the 1992-1993 cup run and subsequent playoff runs (the next year with Burns and in subsequent years with Quinn) is this:
during 92-93, the leafs were the best playoff team and seemed destined. fatigue and flukes and bad calls did them in (the Kings piss poor showing in the finals shows you how much of a fluke they really were).
what happened during game 6 and 7 of that series was NOT supposed to happen – sort of like Bartman, Buckner, etc. all rolled up into one. it was a travesty, it was a shame.
in subsequent playoff runs, you could sense the end was near before the end came. there was a sense that the leafs and their D were always on borrowed time. that someone was going to make a mistake (on the Leafs, not the refs or anyone else). only in 2002 did it seemed somewhat similar (with all the injuries, the low scoring and OT games against Carolina).
but in 1993 – from April to May – I got my first and ONLY sense of what cheering for a cup contender was really like. it wasn't meant to be, and all the non-leaf fans will downplay it and deny it, but that team was a cup championship calibre team.
that is why i tell Sens fans that, even if you think for sure your team is going to steamroll to the cup, be ready for anything – especially bad luck and crazy bounces and bad calls. they happen]]>