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Maple Leafs playoff ticket sale glitch send fans to expensive secondary market

04.26.13 at 12:39 pm ET

The first Maple Leafs playoff ticket sale since 2004 should have been cause for celebration among weary Toronto fans. But when seats went on sale Thursday, the Leafs and Ticketmaster sent out an incorrect link, preventing tens of thousands of fans from purchasing the tickets they wanted.

The error was fixed after about 30 minutes, but by that point, all the tickets available had been bought. And Leafs fans who hoped to go through instead may have been surprised to see that seats in the lower bowl of the arena were listed for as much as $88,000 for Game 1.

While those exorbitant offers may or may not be legitimate, the Leafs have hiked the cost of their playoff tickets 75 percent over their regular-season tickets. By comparison, the Canadiens, a potential first-round opponent for the Leafs, have raised their playoff ticket costs between 55 and 59 percent, according to the Toronto Sun.

Toronto’s tickets already were the most expensive in the NHL, so while they may not have to pay $88,000, Leafs fans who want to see live playoff action will have to dig deep into their bank accounts.