There has always been a natural rivalry between the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres due to the close proximity between the the two sports crazy cities.
And while there is always a massive contingent of Maple Leafs fans who descend upon KeyBank Center in Buffalo, one player on the Leafs roster is feeling badly for the loss suffered by the Sabres' fellow professional sports brethren in town, the NFL's Buffalo Bills.
The Bills suffered a heartbreaking loss yesterday afternoon to the Cincinnati Bengals, ending what was yet another storybook season that began with championship aspirations. And Leafs forward Mitch Marner is drawing some parallels between the Bills' bitter loss and some of the heartbreaking losses that his own team has suffered the posteason.
"A devastating Bills loss," Marner said. A lot of my buddies are die-hard fans and seeing how they react, I'm starting to really realize that's probably how they react to the Leafs as well. That's a lot of love, a lot of passion ... It's something I cherish a lot"
The Bills, who lost four straight Super Bowls in a row in the early 1990s, have yet to make it back to the title game since then. Meanwhile, the Leafs are stuck in their own postseason futility, having failed to reach the second round of the postseason since before the invention of YouTube in early 2005.