Recap: Toronto Maple Leafs v.s. Montreal Canadiens
All eyes on Boston.
The Leafs lost control of their first round playoff matchup by going 1-2 in their last three games, including Saturday night’s 4-1 loss to Montreal.
Now, stuck in fifth place, the Leafs must await what Boston does against Ottawa on Sunday to see who their first playoff opponent will be.
If Boston beats Ottawa in regulation, the Leafs play fourth place Montreal. If Boston beats Ottawa in OT or a shootout, the Leafs also play fourth place Montreal.
But if Boston losses, in regulation or otherwise, the Leafs play the fourth place Bruins in the first round.
Odds say the Leafs will be playing Montreal.
Boston should beat Ottawa, but who knows, they may try to strategically pick their first round opponent: For Boston, a regulation win means the Islanders, an OT or shootout win means the Senators and any loss means the Leafs in the first round.
So, all eyes on Boston. It didn’t have to be this way.
Had we won our last three games, we would be playing Montreal, with home ice advantage. Us in fourth, them in fifth. No other scenarios. Too bad.
Too bad we seemed to check out early after clinching against Ottawa. But that’s alright; we’re about to start a new season, fresh, past lapses forgotten as we battle for the Stanley Cup.Hopefully the easygoing approach we’ve had over the last three games has given our guys some rest. Hopefully Carlyle wakes up his troops before their first game.
Hopefully the Leafs are there for Reimer, not letting him face 40+ shots per game. Hopefully we keep up our physical play and get more shots.
There’s a lot to hope for. It’s the playoffs, we’re finally back in them, and hope can go a long way.
Go Leafs Go. Cheers.
Here's our one goal from the game...