Toronto is considered to be the mecca of the hockey universe and the entire Toronto Maple Leafs community is on edge right now, minus the team itself. "They've done a good job". I think he's a really skilled guy that's got a lot of strength, nearly like a power forward, so it's a good combination to have.

"If I'm really honest, maybe not", Komarov said. We can't let panic come into our game. Goodness knows you've earned it after how much suffering you've had.

If you were writing a script about turning the page on a new chapter in Leafs history, it'd involve overcoming those obstacles and winning anyway thanks to three third-period goals, all scored by Leafs rookies.

Connor Brown scored the game-winner on a deflection at 17:12 after former Penguin Kasperi Kapanen picked up his first National Hockey League goal at 14:30 courtesy of a no-look pass from Matt Hunwick. Toronto finished the season with 85 first-period goals (first in the NHL). He said it was the team that won the Presidents' Trophy that was under the most pressure, the team, in other words, with expectations of success.

Auston Matthews tacked on an empty-netter for his 40th of the season with 3.4 seconds to go. At that point he was in the longest slump of his career and in the first period he took four shots that missed the net ...

The Toronto Maple Leafs confirmed on Sunday morning that goaltender Freddie Andersen, who was hit in the head during Toronto's 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, isn't exhibiting concussion symptoms.

"It's tough", McElhinney said of Andersen. McElhinney made the first save on Schultz, but couldn't recover in time to stop Crosby, who was set up by Guentzel.

Meanwhile, I guess I'll save this entertaining and extensive Senators-Maple Leafs preview for the Eastern Conference final. "It was just important for me to get that low coverage".

The Blue Jackets entered Saturday already knowing that they will be playing the Penguins in the first round with Pittsburgh having home-ice advantage.

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Babcock said he spent the first two years of his Toronto experience with rarely a peep of interaction among his neighbors, and now people are talking to him "every single second for the last week, so it must be a big deal". "We think we have a good team".

The Leafs got on the board early in the second when van Riemsdyk scored the first of his two goals on the night. Both teams were playing on the second night of a back-to-back, and the Blue Jackets were in the midst of a six-game losing skid that left them vulnerable.

It wasn't the smoothest effort that got them into the postseason.

Toronto had chances aplenty, especially during a four-minute power play, but couldn't beat Korpisalo in the first 20 minutes. "They're a risky team".

"A good win for our city and for our loyal fan base", Babcock said.

Matt Calvert, Josh Anderson and Cam Atkinson scored in the comeback for Columbus.

We all know the David vs. Goliath story. The play that led to the goal served as an excellent example of van Riemsdyk's hand-eye coordination, as he managed to bat the puck down at the blue line and stay onside prior to making a move to his forehand and scoring.

Toronto's William Nylander hit a goal post nearing the midpoint of the first. A 23-7 edge in shot attempts in the opening period failed to break the 1-1 tie after 20 minutes. Toronto handily won the possession battle with Columbus (at almost 55 per cent) and it's because of those crucial wins by Bozak they were able to sustain pressure at the end and preserve any hope of tallying a tying goal.

Easily the biggest question mark for the Leafs heading in is the health of No. 1 starter Frederik Andersen. Tristan Jarry was recalled from the Wilkes-Barre Penguins and will presumably back up Fleury.


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