Sidney Crosby will play, but other Penguins will rest vs. Maple Leafs

Another handful, including Gardiner, Nazem Kadri, and Tyler Bozak, have just a single playoff series under their belts, that one coming during the Leafs last playoff appearance in 2013. They all had to settle for a pizza slice in a between-periods promotion.

The Leafs and Capitals will play Game 1 at 7 p.m. Thursday in Washington. Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said he hopes Andersen starts against the Blue Jackets on Sunday.

"You have nerves when you win the Presidents' Trophy and you're playing a real good team in the first round", said Babcock before the Leafs opponent was known. "They've got a generational player in Matthews, and they've got some young guys and they play hard every night and they've got speed". I think he's shown a lot of maturity with his game, especially early on. Give them credit, but look at ourselves.

And for a while, things were looking good for the Leafs. They were in a backs-to-the-wall situation. 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. Columbus has not been playing like a playoff contender over the last two weeks as they head into tonight's game as losers of five in a row and will surely be out for blood in a rematch of one of the league's best games this season that happened last month between these two sides.

"Our fate is still in our own hands", reminded Leo Komarov.

"You can tell he played pro hockey for a year".

The Toronto Blue Jays got off the schneide, winning their first game of the season 5-2 over the Tampa Bay Rays on the strength of a Kendrys Morales grand slam.

Instead, the players were granted the last true day off they will enjoy in a while. If they lose both and the Lightning beat the Sabres on Sunday, they'd be out.

After scoring on his own net halfway through the third to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead, Jake Gardiner bounced back with a ideal shot-pass to Connor Brown in the high slot for an assist on the game-winning tally. Kuznetsov had 59 points (19 goals, 40 assists) this season after getting off to a slow start and needs to have more of an impact in the playoffs to help keep the pressure off the Capitals' first line. It seems likely that Andersen would have been pulled from the game by a concussion spotter given the collision and the way he reacted afterward.

- The Capitals have gone 7-1 in their last eight games against the Maple Leafs. But he didn't miss a shift. "Having said that the lineup we put in will be competitive".

"Stick to what we've been doing all year".

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Boston rookie defenseman Brandon Carlo left the team's loss to the Capitals on Saturday after being injured on a hit by Alex Ovechkin. In the two losses this week, only Mitch Marner has a goal, a late power-play strike on Tuesday against the Capitals. Nylander didn't even get a shot on goal. "You want to gain home ice and match up who you play best against".

Boyle, who went to the Cup final with the Rangers in 2014 and the Lightning in 2015, advised doing "what gets you there". "I listen to the country and western station and they don't have anything on the Leafs". "I think for the most part the battles and the opportunities to rise to the occasion will present themselves; you can't go out looking for it and get yourself all out of whack and make yourself too wound up".


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