If these Leafs stand any chance of getting into the playoffs, they are going to need their top players to start scoring more often (which they did last night), and, they are also going to need some help from at least two other teams tonight and tomorrow.
They did not get any help at all Wednesday or Thursday. Boston couldn’t handle Detroit on Wednesday, and Philadelphia couldn’t take the Blue Jackets last night.
Against Boston, Toronto did what it needed to do: score first, and score a couple more times afterwards and hope the time on the clock runs out before Boston could manage to do what they did last spring.
Those F-in Bruins did manage to do it partially in making a comeback to tie the game, but fortunately Toronto still made off with the win. So, they now head into their second-last Saturday night game which has them playing the Winnipeg Jets.
Leafs are still behind the eight-ball in terms of the remaining schedule. They play four more games, Columbus plays six, the last of which comes the day after the season ends, a make up game from the night that Rich Peverley suffered a heart attack on the bench when CBJ played Dallas. If Columbus wins out, they will make the playoffs.
Hopefully a big win against the Bruins will give enough confidence in Leafland for them to win out.
Here is what happened last night:
-Kessel got two assists last night, his first multi-point game since March 10.
-JVR got his 30th goal of the year, career high
-Paul Ranger scored again
-James Reimer had to come in and hold the fort, allowed one goal but it could have been worse
-Nazem Kadri who usually talks a pretty big game, came up with the goal of the night at the midway mark of overtime. See it right here: Kadri winner
-And above all, Leafs won the game, 4-3 in OT.
Roster moves: with Joffrey Lupul out prior to the start of last night’s game, and now Bernier joining him on the IR, Jerry D’Amigo got called up to help try and replace Lupul (good luck), and Toronto Marlies main keeper Drew MacIntyre also got the call for at least the second time this season.
Leafs vs Jets
Leafs at Tampa
Leafs at Florida
Leafs at Ottawa
At Chicago tonight
Vs NYI april 6
Vs Phoenix April 8
@Dallas April 9
@Tampa Bay April 11
Vs Buffalo April 4
@Montreal April 5
@Buffalo April 8
@Pittsburgh April 9
Vs Carolina April 11
Moreso interesting in all of this is that assuming Toronto ends up making it, better than 50/50 chance that guess who they will play in the opening round…AGAIN? Boston.