Toronto Maple Leafs fans are still recovering from the team's crushing playoffs elimination, and astronaut Chris Hadfield is no different.
It was unfolding perfectly for the visitors at Boston's TD Garden on Monday. In the best-of-seven opening playoff round, the Leafs had won the previous two games; surviving late Boston flurries for consecutive 2-1 victories that forced a Game 7 on the Bruins' home ice.
Burke landed in Toronto on Wednesday after an 18-day road trip that took him first to Afghanistan, where he regularly visits the troops, and then Helsinki and Stockholm to scout for the Anaheim Ducks at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
Euphoria returned for Toronto's hockey fans in 2013, as the Toronto Maple Leafs ensured they would be included in the playoffs after a nine year disappearance.
Toronto Maple Leafs Joe Colbourne, right, drives Boston Bruins defenceman Dennis Seidenberg into goaltender Tuukka Rask during second period first round NHL playoff action in Toronto on Sunday May 12, 2013.
As Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis wrapped up his season-ending news conference, there was only one player on the roster who received his unwavering support: Phil Kessel.
The Toronto Marlies battled back from a two-goal deficit but couldn't complete the comeback Wednesday night, losing 5-4 to the hometown Grand Rapids Griffins in Game 3 of the American Hockey League Western Conference semifinals.
Boston Bruins winger Gregory Campbell joined the 98.5 The Sports Hub's Gresh & Zolak on Wednesday afternoon, summing up his feelings on the team's amazing comeback win in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford puts 'Rob Ford Mayor' magnets on cars outside an Etobicoke meeting on the Humbertown redevelopment, May 14, 2013.
Much was being said yesterday about character, in particular the character of the Bruins.
There may be no joy in Leafs Nation today but the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans need to remember something - every great NHL team had to deal with playoff heartbreak on the way to winning.
From now until the start of next season, and quite possibly beyond, there will be a lot of Toronto Maple Leafs fans who will point the finger at goaltender James Reimer for the team's shocking ousting from the 2013 playoffs.
Angelina Jolie has just revealed that she underwent a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.
In a come-from-behind Game 7 win over the Maple Leafs on Monday, Bruins' Milan Lucic dominated physically, scored a goal and set up another.
For the Bruins, it was a defining moment. For the Maple Leafs, it was a shocking step into a playoff abyss that one day will go down as a learning experience.