What Reimer was feeling in this picture is what I think all Leaf fans will be feeling next spring.
The Leafs will not only make the playoffs for the first time since before the lockout, but they'll win a playoff series as well.
The teams likely to occupy the top 3 spots in the Eastern Conference are, in no particular order, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals, and the Boston Bruins.
Leafs Record Against the Penguins in 2010-11: 2-1-1
I know, I know, Crosby and Malkin were missing later in the season. But in free agency, the Penguins lost a couple of role players in Rupp and Talbot.
I'm not going to say that the Leafs are better than the Penguins, but I can see them standing a chance of winning, so we'll leave it at that.
Leafs Record Against the Capitals in 2010-11: 1-1-2
The key to beating the Caps is simple: stop Ovechkin. Easier said than done, of course. But with Ovechkin out of the picture, the Caps are a rather average team.
They've got Neuvirth and Vokoun in net and skilled guys like Green, Backstrom, and Semin playing in front of them, but its easy to forget that the Leafs have skilled guys as well.
With a better first line, a deadly second line, and an improved blueline, the Leafs could certainly put up a fight against a Capitals team that hasn't improved very much over the past few months.
Leafs Record Against the Bruins in 2010-11: 4-2-0
I could sense the elephant leaving the room when Phil Kessel finally scored his first goal against his former team in his 10th game against them, on Feb. 15, 2011. He would go on to score another one later in the game.
The other storyline which made that 4-3 win memorable was that, despite being crunched twice by Chara, Grabovski would pot a couple goals, including the game winner with just over a minute remaining in the third period.
It was the kind of game that showed what the Leafs were capable of when they put in the proper effort.
Sure, the Bruins went on to win the Cup. However, the Bruins curse has been lifted and the Leafs have clearly shown that they know what it takes to beat Boston.
So do the Leafs stand a chance of winning a playoff series?
With the improvements that the Leafs have made and the relative lack thereof within the rosters of the aforementioned teams, I say: YES.