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A Toronto Maple Leafs supporter waves the flag as fans gather outside the Air Canada Centre to watch the first game of the Leafs’ first-round series against the Boston Bruins on May 1, 2013.

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Spirits were high in Toronto, with the Leafs making their first trip to the postseason since 2004. The last time they played Boston in the playoffs was much earlier: 1974.

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Toronto Maple Leafs fans get scrappy in front of a green screen as they gather outside the Air Canada Centre to watch the first game of the Leafs’ series, being played in Boston.

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Toronto fans play a friendly game of tabletop hockey outside the Air Canada Centre on May 1, 2013. Maple Leafs fans partied outside the ACC before the start of the Leafs’ first game of the postseason.

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One hopeful Toronto fan points skyward - towards victory, perhaps - outside the Air Canada Centre.

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Toronto Maple Leafs fans show their colours as they party outside the Air Canada Centre to watch the first game. The celebrations will grow on May 6, when the Maple Leafs host the Bruins for game 3. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has proclaimed the 6th “Blue and White Day.”

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Toronto Maple Leafs fans react during the first period of Toronto’s first-round game against the Boston Bruins.

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Toronto Maple Leafs voice their discontent outside the Air Canada Centre during the match up against the Boston Bruins.

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Toronto Maple Leafs fans gather outside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto to watch the match up against the Boston Bruins in game one of the NHL first round playoffs May 1, 2013.

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Toronto Maple Leafs fans cheer outside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto during the first period of the Leafs’ first-round game against the Boston Bruins.

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Toronto Maple Leafs fans react outside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto as they watch the match up against the Boston Bruins in game one of the NHL first round playoffs May 1, 2013.

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A Maple Leafs fan shouts as she watches Toronto’s first game of the postseason against the Boston Bruins.

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Toronto Maple Leafs fan Cody Leite watches anxiously outside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto during game one of the NHL first round playoffs May 1, 2013.

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