With the first playoff game in over four decades between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs just hours away, die-hard hockey fans will be gearing up for the anticipated matchup a little differently.
Not only is Ontario's stay-at-home order still currently in effect, but the pandemic has also left arenas empty for over a year. As such, Leaf fans will be watching the rival game from the comfort of home tonight and for the games to come, unlike fans in Quebec, where provincial officials have green-lighted allowing up to 2,500 fans at Montreal's Bell Centre for the potential Leafs-Habs Game 6, scheduled for May 29.
It's been more than 42 years since Canadiens' great Larry Robinson scored in overtime to eliminate the Maple Leafs from the second round of the 1979 playoffs. Tonight marks the first time the two Original Six teams will meet in the post-season since then.
The Leafs and Canadiens open the best-of-seven matchup Thursday inside a fan-less Scotiabank Arena due to COVID. Sadly, this also means no sea of white and blue-clad fans outside of the arena for the annual Leaf's viewing party, which has become a staple for fans who cant scoop up the highly coveted playoff tickets.
Though, fans haven't let this dampen their spirits, with dedicated Leaf fans still repping their home team's colours with pride.
This includes superfans Michael Adamson and his wife Sara, who show their support for the Leafs by adorning their Toronto home with blue and white memorabilia.
Known as #LeafHouse, the Adamson compound on Merton Street is a Toronto fixture for Leaf's fans during the playoffs.
Every year the team makes it to the playoffs, the Adamsons decorate every inch of their Leaside home with over-the-top blue and white decorations as far as the eye can see.
As you can imagine, fans and passerby alike always stop to admire the house in all its Leaf glory.
In case you can't make it out to see the home in person this year, you can take a look at its past playoff iterations.