Expect tension for Montreal and NY after the teams met in a contentious 2014 Eastern Conference final.

The Edmonton Oilers will nearly certainly face the San Jose Sharks and with home-ice advantage.

But history will not repeat itself in the Leafs-Capitals first-round playoff affair because Goliath would have won a Best of 7 series against David.

The Leafs, with Curtis McElhinney coming into the net in relief of Andersen, went on to beat the Penguins 5-3 and secure the club's first playoff berth since 2013.

Babcock said after the club's optional skate on Sunday that Andersen has displayed no concussion symptoms and will be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs next week in either Washington or Ottawa.

"You've got to give a lot of credit, first of all, to our penalty kill", Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

"It was a lot of hockey, a lot of important games", Connor Carrick said. The Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning at home Thursday, thereby failing to clinch that spot.

If the Leafs win or lose in overtime or a shootout tomorrow, the Leafs leap into 3rd in the Atlantic; if they lose in regulation, the Bruins get 3rd in the Atlantic. The Lightning hold the head-to-head tiebreaker, so the Isles need to finish with more ROWs to pass the Lightning.

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After scoring on his own net halfway through the third to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead, Jake Gardiner bounced back with a flawless shot-pass to Connor Brown in the high slot for an assist on the game-winning tally.

Nine Leafs are likely to make their postseason debuts in Game 1, including the high-performing rookie trio of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander. They're skilled. They really push the pace and they can do it consistently all game. "It's nice we still control our own fate and we did a good job all year to set ourselves up like this". The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsbu.

Mitch Marner shined at the Memorial Cup past year and world junior championships before that.

With the 4-1 victory, the Lightning split the season series with the Leafs but more importantly kept their 2017 playoff hope alive and well. "You've got younger guys who just came to the league and it's great for them, like they've got a chance to win right away". Moreover, the Leafs and Raptors are in the playoffs in the same year for the first time since 2002.

There will be no Battle of Ontario in the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs. You want home ice and climb up the standings as best you can, just from a gratification standpoint.

"It's not going off the page", the 32-year-old said.

"What I've learned over time, and I've been in the playoffs many times, is be careful what you wish for", Babcock said. Washington recalled forwards Garrett Mitchell and Chandler Stephenson and is expected to play defenseman Taylor Chorney and rest other players Sunday night against Florida, which is playing its final game with Tom Rowe as coach. "What I would suggest is watching the hunting channel". The moments get big and you've got to be able to push through it.

Toronto has never faced Washington in the postseason — the two teams were in different conferences for a long stretch — and they'll be heavy underdogs the first time around. "But I think he tries to bounce things off you and see how you're feeling".


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