NHL History: Mike Foligno game five OT winner gives Toronto Maple Leafs 1993 playoff edge over Detroit Red Wings

It was today in 1993 that an overtime thriller was capped off by a Mike Foligno goal giving the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 series lead over the Detroit Red Wings.

After a 44-29-11 regular season led offensively by Doug Gilmour (32-95—127), Nikolai Borschevsky (34-40—74) and Glenn Anderson (22-43—65) and in net by none other than Felix Potvin (25-15-7, .910 sv%).
A berth into the playoffs gave them a first-round matchup against the Red Wings. Toronto fell in games one and two on the road, before snagging game three and four wins at home.
And in game five, a huge game in the tied series, Toronto got down in a big way. Seven minutes into the second, Detroit had built themselves a 4-1 lead and appeared to be on their way to victory.
But Toronto had other things in mind. Dave Ellett got two second period goals making it a one-goal game in the third. Wendel Clark tied the game at the 11:38 mark of the third, and this game was in need of overtime.
That’s where the hero of the night, 34-year-old Foligno — in his second year in Toronto — beat Red Wings goalie …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

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