One last time: Your Sunday playoff scenarios

One last time: Your Sunday playoff scenarios

Even if the Leafs do as much, their chances of upsetting the Presidents' Trophy champion in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs are not good. Superstar Sidney Crosby had a pair of assists for the second straight game as Pittsburgh won its fourth in a row and clinched home-ice advantage its first-round series with Columbus following Thursday's 7-4 victory over New Jersey. The Maple Leafs are one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning, but they have a game in hand.

Andersen left Saturday's game against the Penguins in the second period due to a head injury.

In the final four games of their regular season, the Maple Leafs had earned the right to control their playoff fate.

The starting assignment for Sunday likely falls to Curtis McElhinney, who filled in Saturday and made key saves.

"I could see someone out of the corner of my eye, I wasn't quite aware of who it was in particular, but it was a hard pass across and he didn't have a lot of time to get it up", McElhinney said. They also have a couple of other rookie stars that have been helping their team steal games.

I feel as though this game will go to whoever can dominate on the offensive end of the ice. "It was a great opportunity". It was the third multi-goal game of the season for van Riemsdyk, who last scored two against Boston on February 4.

"I imagine back to backs are on a year-by-year rotation so if you have the most one year, the next year you get the least", Babcock said, tongue in cheek.

He still is treating the game against the Blue Jackets seriously. "It's important for us. Now it's time to have some fun and just let them go and play".

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"(The Blue Jackets) have a back-to-back, too. Beyond just producing, that trio will need to be tighter defensively in the postseason - they give up the most goals of any regular line combination for Toronto (2.88 goals-against per 60 minutes). "Play your shift, come back, take a deep breath, get a drink of water and play your next one".

The Blue Jackets played Saturday afternoon, losing 4-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers. We're going to have to be better. "We were relaxed and loose for the most part today and it translated into us making plays and creating offense".

Said Matthews: "Winning the Calder Trophy would be really meaningful and it would be a huge honor but this team has bigger goals in mind". I told the coaches at the start of the year if we got in it was going to be (Sunday) in Game 82. They haven't beaten goaltender Braden Holtby in three seasons and the Holtbeast has success against them in the playoffs.

"It's fun to talk about the kids because everyone thinks they are going to get better, but we wouldn't be here without good veterans leading the way", Babcock said.

Babcock said he expected Andersen to practice Monday and be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs against either Washington or Ottawa. Their possession numbers were superb against the Blue Jackets as well, registering almost 60 per cent and above each.

If the Leafs win one or both of their games, they can climb out of the Wild Card spot and avoid having to play the Washington Capitals.

"A good win for our city and for our loyal fan base", Babcock said. If we had those injuries, we wouldn't have a sniff. "You never get gamelike speed in practice, especially at this time of year".

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