Pacific Division title, playoff seeding at stake on last day

"Run down the dock and jump right in and don't be putting your foot in the water, you might not get in".

And they showed it on Saturday in their 5-3 win over the Penguins, as the Maple Leafs have claimed the last open playoff spot. It seems likely that Andersen would have been pulled from the game by a concussion spotter given the collision and the way he reacted afterward. The Pittsburgh Penguins have home ice against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"You have to beat the best at some point", said Jake Gardiner.

Sparks played in 17 National Hockey League games with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16, recording a 6-9-1 record with one shutout, a 3.02 goals-against average and.893 save percentage. The Capitals have had more than their fair share of playoff misery in recent years, and that the Cup has eluded the grasp of Alex Ovechkin eats at the Russian superstar. Putting the puck in the net is the hardest thing to do in the sport, and it only seems to get more and more difficult every single season.

"Obviously, he's been the heart and soul of this team playing the amount of games that he has so far", said Curtis McElhinney, who replaced Andersen against the Penguins.

On whether the Cats will be re-signing free-agent-to-be Jaromir Jagr Rowe said, "I'm not gonna confirm yes and I'm not gonna say no" indicating that's a decision that will be made in the future. Andre Burakovsky recently returned for the Capitals after missing more than a month with a hand injury. "Playoffs aren't going to be easy no matter how you skin the cat, so let's go into someone's building and try and give them hell". An even second period in which the teams traded power-play goals - one for Toronto's Tyler Bozak and one for Sidney Crosby - followed. But full credit goes to the Leafs' rookie trio, especially Matthews, who was dominant all season long.

Instead, the players were granted the last true day off they will enjoy in a while. We needed to win the game.

"It was a lot of hockey, a lot of important games", Connor Carrick said. "They've been beat a number of times in the playoffs, so they're battle-tested to say the least. We think we have a good team".

"Let's get ready for Game 1". They finished the season 32-7-2 at the Verizon Center, marking the franchise record for home wins in a season.

A main reason behind the Blue Jackets three goal outburst was the fact Toronto lost two defencemen in the second period and were forced to play with only four defencemen for most of the second and third period.

The NHL playoff picture with the regular season ending Sunday: --- WHO'S IN EAST: The Toronto Maple Leafs filled the final vacant playoff spot by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Saturday night in dramatic fashion after losing goaltender Frederik Andersen to injury. I think they play. They're loaded. Again. The Caps have failed to advance beyond the second round since captain Ovechkin debuted in 2005-06 and they collectively know if they don't get it done this spring, there will be significant changes.

The first-round rivalry series also features John Tortorella facing longtime assistant Mike Sullivan a year after his good friend and former understudy matched him with one championship.

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