Toronto Maple Leaf Fans were pampered Saturday to a free road viewing party at the Air Canada Centre which included a free meal [choice of a slice of pizza or hot dog, 24 oz pop, popcorn and candy], dozens of giveaways and autograph opportunities with Leafs alumni.
The buzz echoed throughout the ACC as fans intermingled amongst the thousands in attendance.
“Nice jacket,” one fan complimented another while in line at the concessions during the second intermission. The jacket has each year the Leafs won the Stanley Cup embroidered on the back. “13 is an unlucky number,” the jacket man quipped.
The Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup during the 1966-1967 season.
Cheers greeted Clarke MacArthur’s 4th goal of the season on the power play, tying the game at two 7:10 into the third. The Battle of Ontario played out on the video board above centre ice where thousands watched what ended up being a close game until the final minutes of the final frame.
Sens forward Colin Greening scored the eventual game winner with less than 20 seconds remaining.
Leafs goaltender Ben Scrivens stopped 31 of 34 shots in a losing effort.
Expected attendance was 19,000 according to an estimate at the security briefing prior to the event, an official said. Fewer remained by the start of the third period.
After the Sens notched the winning goal, Air Canada Centre Fan Services showered exiting fans with more swag—this time a voucher for two complimentary tickets to one of two upcoming Toronto Marlies home games. Some escaped with multiple vouchers.
“Thank you for being a fan! We have provided this voucher so that you can experience our product and provide valuable feedback on your experience,” the voucher said.