Andersen back for playoffs

At this point, it looks as though that will be Sunday against the New York Rangers, which is good for the Leafs.

The Maple Leafs came up empty on a pair of scoring chances in the first period on consecutive power plays.

Asked about pressure on his young team heading into the playoffs on Sunday morning, Leafs coach Mike Babcock deflected with apparent aim at the Capitals. However, with the Toronto Maple Leafs' 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Caps will be facing the Leafs instead. The Capitals, Senators and Boston Bruins have clinched spots and await matchups. We have to stay more composed.

After Phil Kessel scored the 1-0 goal in the first period, "the kid traded for Kessel" - Kasperi Kapanen - answered with the 3-3 tally in the third, his first career National Hockey League goal (and what a pass by Matt Hunwick!).

Their reward: A first-round meeting with the NHL's best team, the Washington Capitals. The biggest difference between the two teams is in shots against. That, combined with a potential Maple Leafs loss, would have set up an incredible set of games for Sunday.

"He scores goals different ways and I think that's probably a big reason why he's been so consistent is he's got a great shot, but he can also score from in close and goes to the net hard, too", Crosby said. Add to that the way he has convinced his team, including the rookies, to play defense and to mature as players without the puck, something especially tricky with youngsters. "We do intend on resting some guys, but the lineup will be obviously ... you guys will see it tonight". Krug is their Karlsson.

Two of the Eastern Conference playoff matchups are secure. Before Matt Murray began his meteoric rise to the Stanley Cup, it was Jarry who was to be the heir apparent to Marc-Andre Fleury at goalie. After all, night-after-night reliability has been a trademark for Kessel, who last failed to dress for a regular-season game in February of 2010. One point won't be enough, given both the Lightning and Islanders can still catch them in tiebreakers. If the Senators, who have two games remaining on their regular-season schedule, can maintain their edge in the standings, they will have home-ice advantage in the first round.

He was named an AHL All-Star this season and has posted a 28-15-2 record with a 2.15 GAA, .925 save percentage and three shutouts in 45 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Neither team can advance its position, so both may elect to rest a few key players and, in Columbus's case, start the backup goaltender. By the time the game was over, it had dropped to 96.7 per cent. Easy is for other teams and fan bases. But by second intermission, the game was tied.

"You have to beat the best at some point", said Jake Gardiner. During the intermission he told TSN's Chris Cuthbert he wanted to find Colin White on the odd-man rush, "to try and get him his first, but I could hear Guy (Boucher) yelling from the bench" for Ryan to shoot. At that point he was in the longest slump of his career and in the first period he took four shots that missed the net ... "And they've all had these opportunities at different levels, just not at this level so let's look after business". At the 6:41 mark, the Penguins had ran their total to just five shots on goal.

Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid skates with the puck against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Jake Guentzel reclaimed the lead for the Penguins nearly seven minutes into the third period with an unassisted goal that bounced off two Maple Leafs players on its way to the net. Toronto is banged up and players like Frederik Andersen, Polak and Zaitsev need time to heal.



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