Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Toronto's loss seals no lower than 28th-place finish

The Philadelphia Flyers got a great game from their hit-or-miss goalie, Brian Boucher, who bounced back from a stinker last week against the Islanders to blank the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, 2-0. Wow, what a save by Boucher on Luke Schenn with the goal stick, eh? And the Flyers got an empty-netter, so Boucher's heroics really happened in a 1-0 game.

With two games left in Toronto's season, they can still catch one of Tampa Bay or Florida, but not both, as those teams play each other twice to close out the year.

Oh, and the Leafs have to play the still mathematically alive New York Rangers, who will be in desperation mode tomorrow, and after Lundqvist had a bad game tonight (getting the hook after allowing three goals on 16 shots in a loss to Buffalo). The last time these two played, the Rangers had a 2-1 very late in the game before Henrik Lundqvist gave up a horrific softie to Tomas Kaberle and then lost in OT. Don't bet on that happening again, but the Leafs haven't given up. A Rangers regulation win just about seals Toronto into 29th with next Tuesday night's lottery the only event remaining to determine where Boston's first selection will be in June.

Bruins' focus needs to be on getting into the playoffs. They're three points up on the Rangers have games against Buffalo, Carolina and Washington to close out the regular season. Win and they're in (and if they finish in eighth, would open the playoffs in Washington...again. Great news for me being based here in the nation's capital)

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