Leafs break tie late in game for huge two points against Bruins

The Leafs meanwhile are 4-3-3 in their last 10 contests and are still very much in the fold in the Atlantic division bracket but at the very worst they are slotted into a wild card spot right now, though that is everything but a safe spot right now.

They would also have a better chance in Round 2 than trying to win their way through the Metro gauntlet. "You can't rely on the success we've had lately". The one that really stood out was the James van Riemsdyk breakaway in overtime; I thought for sure JVR was going to tuck that puck between the legs of Corey Crawford. With thanks to @ElSeldo of Pension Plan Puppets for the inspiration. And while the losses certainly exposed some weaknesses in the Lightning, if they can get healthy again I would still say that they would be a team to look out for. Rask has 15 wins and a.927 save percentage in 24 career games against Toronto. The big fun ones when you're playing well? We also saw some of the warts in Jake Dotchin's game that led to a lot of people that follow the Lightning's prospects warning fans to pump the brakes on all of the excitement about him. Toronto, now holding the final wild-card position in the Eastern Conference, also holds a game in hand. Reilly's goal tied the game at 1-1 in the first period and Bozak's power-play goal gave the Leafs a 2-1 lead at 18:03 of the third. Of 12 games remaining for the Leafs, this can be called the biggest without hyperbole.

Luck may about to change for the Lightning as the injured forwards return.

"We need a net presence, a guy that's willing to go there and occupy people for David and Pasta there", Bruins interim head coach Bruce Cassidy said of the line's need on the left side.

Toronto didn't take a penalty on Saturday against the Blackhawks, a good trend because Boston boasts the NHL's second-best killing squad.

"Yeah [we'll] look up, look down, sideways - it don't matter", Kadri said of analyzing the standings and pursuing teams ahead of them.

"That's why they've got three [Stanley] Cups".

Connor Carrick will be back in the lineup for the Maple Leafs for tonight's game against Boston. The Penguins are one of the top teams in the National Hockey League and will not roll over for the Panthers.

If that's the way you're going to call the game, how do you make a penalty call like this in the final three minutes?

The Hurricanes have crept back in to the bubble-bubble teams. The Leafs (79 points) can pull to within one point of the Bruins (82) with a regulation victory at Air Canada Centre. They're battling for position in front of the net. Beleskey is just another player on what's become a revolving door of linemates to Krejci's left in the last few weeks alone, between Peter Cehlarik, Drew Stafford, Frank Vatrano, and now No. 39.

Overall, it was an impressive outing over the first 40 minutes by the Leafs, considering they are a young, developing team, it was an important game thanks to the playoff complications and they were facing their second quality opponent in as many games.

  • Leroy Wright