Maple Leafs clinch Stanley Cup playoff spot with win over Canadiens

Sunday, April 10, 2022
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Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. In addition‚ St. Louis beat the New York Rangers to take the other spot. And‚ of course‚ no team can deny the significance of the Montreal Canadiens' loss to the St. Louis Blues. So‚ if you're looking for some more information on the Stanley Cup playoffs‚ read on!

Toronto Maple Leafs clinch Stanley Cup playoff spot with 3-2 win over Montreal Canadiens

The Toronto Maple Leafs clinched a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. With the win‚ the Maple Leafs have now made the playoffs six straight seasons. Auston Matthews‚ who scored two goals in the win‚ now has 51 goals in his last 50 games. He is now one goal away from passing Mario Lemieux's franchise record of 50 goals in a season. In the 1967-68 season‚ the Toronto Maple Leafs finished first in the North Division and the Montreal Canadiens finished fourth. The Canadiens had won eight out of the fifteen previous series‚ and Toronto had won seven of ten games in the regular season. This was the last all-canadian Finals. The Leafs were a generation apart‚ and the team had the depth to win it. The Maple Leafs have reached 100 points for the sixth consecutive season after beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Saturday night. Auston Matthews scored twice and John Tavares added a goal. In addition‚ Erik Kallgren made 24 saves in net for Toronto. In addition to winning their sixth straight game‚ the team padded its lead over the Florida Panthers in the Atlantic Division. The Maple Leafs are also five points ahead of the Boston Bruins for second in the division. While the Maple Leafs missed an opportunity to advance to the second round of the playoffs‚ the game was a huge step forward for their season. With the victory‚ they now have the confidence to play good hockey and clinch a playoff spot. The Maple Leafs will need to win Game seven to clinch a playoff spot. If they do‚ they will be crowned Stanley Cup champions for the first time since 2004. The loss was the first time since November 5 to clinch a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Leafs won 15 of the last 16 games. The Canadiens lost 16 of their last 28 games. Matthews' goal gave Toronto a 3-2 lead at the 8:44 mark of the first period. At 8:07‚ Tavares restored the lead with his second goal.

New York Rangers clinch Stanley Cup playoff spot

A win over the Toronto Maple Leafs is enough to clinch a playoff spot for the New York Rangers‚ who have been a pleasant surprise this season. The Rangers‚ who clinched a spot in the first round of the playoffs with a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers‚ have added depth to their roster in preparation for the postseason. While Artem Panarin has 73 points and a.664 winning percentage‚ the team has also added Andrew Copp‚ Tyler Motte‚ and Justin Braun to their lineup. They've added physicality to the lineup and offense to their roster‚ while Artem Panarin has 73 points in 59 games. Other players on the roster include Adam Fox‚ Chris Kreider‚ and Mikaibanejad‚ who has 30 goals this The win clinched the Rangers' spot in the postseason‚ moving them eight points ahead of Pittsburgh and Washington. They outshot the Senators‚ 13-3 in the first period and 12-6 in the second. Andrew Copp scored his 17th goal‚ his fourth of the season‚ at 6:56‚ while Mika Zibanejad added two assists. The Rangers have won three straight games against the Penguins‚ and are now six points ahead of them in the Metropolitan Division. The Senators have lost four of their last five games and are 2-5-0 in their last eight games. The Rangers have won five straight and are now 23-7-4 at home. They're 10-3-2 on Garden ice. They have reached 98 points for the 11th time in franchise history‚ and haven't been that far ahead since 2016-17. Against the Maple Leafs‚ the Rangers' tally jumped to ninety-seven. A power play goal by Ryan Johansen in the second period seemed to have been blocked by Matt Duchesne‚ but it stood. After a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round‚ the New York Rangers had a chance to clinch a playoff spot by sweeping the New Jersey Devils. The win over the New Jersey Devils put the Rangers one step away from the Carolina Hurricanes. During the last postseason‚ the Rangers failed to reach the playoffs‚ losing twice to the Washington Capitals.

St. Louis defeats New York

The Toronto Maple Leafs have clinched a playoff spot with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. The Leafs clinched their spot in the playoffs after a victory that marked their first over Montreal since 1979. The win over Montreal was important for both teams. The loss eliminated the Montreal Canadiens from the postseason‚ but the win gave the Leafs some much-needed momentum. Toronto's Auston Matthews scored two goals against the Montreal Canadiens to help the Maple Leafs clinch their spot in the NHL Playoffs. With this win‚ Toronto secured their playoff spot in the Eastern Conference for the sixth straight season. They padded their lead in the Atlantic Division behind the Florida Panthers. Matthews has now scored 50 goals in 50 games‚ which is the most by a Leaf player since Mario Lemieux in 1995-96. Mitchell Marner's point streak has now reached 16 games. Toronto had lost in the first round three straight seasons prior to last season. During the COVID-19 pandemic‚ a qualifying round was implemented. In that round‚ the Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games. Toronto had to travel to Montreal in order to play in this round. The team's season was further complicated by the fact that it had to play in the North Division‚ which was populated by six Canadian teams. A Toronto Maple Leafs win on Monday would secure the team's playoff spot. A loss would mean the Toronto Maple Leafs would have to win the game against the New York Islanders or lose in regulation. It would also mean the Blues and Leafs would meet again in the first round of the playoffs. This scenario is conceivable if both teams lose in regulation or overtime. The Toronto Maple Leafs took the lead at 13:32 of the first period when Matthews poked a Mark Giordano rebound past Montreal goalie Jake Allen. The Leafs made it 2-0 just 27 seconds later when Matthews fooled Sam Montembeault with a wrist shot. The Canadiens were unable to find their legs early‚ but Matthews made Montreal pay at 8:44 of the second period with a spectacular individual effort.

Toronto Maple Leafs defeat Montreal Canadiens

The Toronto Maple Leafs have clinched their playoff spot with a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. With this win‚ they are one game away from joining the Florida Panthers‚ Colorado Avalanche‚ Carolina Hurricanes‚ and the New York Rangers. The Leafs have not won a postseason series since 2004. This is their sixth trip to the playoffs. The Maple Leafs held a 3-1 series lead entering the third period. Despite their advantage in the series‚ the Leafs have lost six of their last seven clinching games. The Leafs dominated the second period earlier in the series‚ but the Canadiens took advantage of their transition game. Toronto's top power play got a 5-on-3 man advantage with under 10 minutes left. However‚ the Canadiens' goalie made a spectacular save to maintain the lead. The game was a battle of two teams battling for the second spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal had a power play in the third period‚ but it was ineffective. Rookie Cole Caufield double-clutched on his first NHL game. Then‚ Spezza stole the puck from Montreal's net and fed it to Brooks‚ who scored his third goal of the game. Taking the win‚ Spezza tied Maurice Richard's record of 966 points in 978 games. In the history of hockey‚ the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs have met 16 times in the playoffs. In five of those series‚ the Maple Leafs won. The other five times‚ Montreal won. Montreal has won five of the six previous series. Despite this‚ the teams have rarely met in the playoffs. But their rivalry remains‚ as it is symbolic of the relationship between the two largest cities in the league.