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Nikolai Borschevsky of the Toronto Maple Leafs, leans forward readied on the ice during a game.
When the Toronto Maple Leafs made their dramatic run to the conference finals in the spring of 1993, their playoff campaign began with a seven-game series against an Original Six rival, the Detroit Red Wings. With the NHL about to reorganize the following year, this marked the final time Toronto and Detroit would get a chance to square in the opening rounds, and they made it a series to remember. The higher-ranked team, Detroit won the first two games on home ice, but Toronto rebounded by winning the next three, including a 5-4, overtime win in Game 5. With their backs to the wall, Detroit routed the Leafs 7-3 to set up a seventh game back in Michigan. The tight contest went to overtime, where Maple Leafs rookie Nikolai Borschevsky deflected Bob Rouse's shot past Detroit goalie Tim Cheveldae to give Toronto a 3-2 win, and the series victory.