The scoreboard also showed a clip of "Rob Ford = Maple Leafs fan." Dallas also won the game 7-1, so yeah, tough night all around for the Leafs.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
There never would've been a Pacific vs. Pacific finals anyway under the current divisional format. Let's also not overlook the fact that it greatly limits the chances of a Canada vs. Canada Stanley Cup final.