The Toronto Maple Leafs punched their ticket to the playoffs with a roller coaster ride of a game against the Penguins last night, clinching their first berth since the 2012-2013 season.
Of course, none of this would’ve been possible with the addition of one man. One Leafs player, who was a game-changer, and turned the tide to bring the Leafs from being a last place team to a playoff team.
NOW! Onto the numbers, because the playoff brackets aren’t set in stone just yet. As of this writing, the Leafs are matched with the Ottawa Senators in the 1st round. That could change tonight with Toronto’s final regular season game against Columbus.
Here it is, plain and simple:
TORONTO EARNS ONE POINT: 1st Round Opponent – Ottawa Senators
TOROTO LOSES IN REGULATION: 1st Round Opponent – Washington Capitals
Obviously, the Senators are the ideal first round opponent for the Leafs. Washington will finish 1st in the league this year, having clinched the President’s Trophy last week. History also dictates that Toronto’s playoff history against Ottawa is in their favor.
Plus, a Battle Of Ontario for the 1st round of playoffs would be pretty badass, especially with former Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf now playing for the Senators.
WELCOME TO THE PLAYOFFS, LEAFS FANS!
– Mark Davis, sad Detroit Red Wings fan