The author of the Leafs loss to a victory in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993 won the Lightning in its stretch of the NHL playoffs.

Wayne Gretzky eliminated the maple leaves Stanley Cup Playoffs again.

The Great One did it in 1993, escaping a famous decision in Game 6 of the Campbell Conference Finals and going on to play the best game they’ve ever played in Game 7 at Maple Leaf Gardens – sending his Los Angeles Kings battling the Montreal Canadiens for the Stanley Cup.

Now he’s done it again, fantasy-wise, picking the Tampa Bay Lightning to beat the Leafs in seven games in the NHL’s Bracket Challenge, posted to the league’s Instagram feed.

Gretzky also picked Carolina to defeat Florida in the Eastern Conference Finals and win the Stanley Cup, against the St. Louis Blues. He thinks the Blues will beat the Flames in the Western Final – but an ex-Oiler would, wouldn’t he. Besides, he is also an ex-Blue.

As for his other former teams, he didn’t play favorites. He expects the Oilers to beat the Kings, but fall to the Flames. He also predicts the Rangers will beat the Penguins in the first round and then fall to Carolina in the second.

“I think Carolina is a dormant team and they’re destined to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals this year,” Gretzky said on Instagram.

NHL legend Wayne Gretzky beat the Lightning against the Leafs in seven in his playoff bracket.


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