Since we’re down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation. As we noted on Saturday night, the Boston Bruins’ win over the New York Islanders gave them the last wild card spot, for the moment, and moved them to within one point of the Toronto Maple Leafs for third in the Atlantic. As for the Islanders, it’s a tough loss – on the second night of a back-to-back – but they still have a game in-hand on Boston, as do the Leafs.
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The lessons the Toronto Maple Leafs learned in losing close games during the earlier stages of the 2016-17 regular season should help bear fruit in the final two weeks. The asterisk — and it’s a large one, in bold type — of course, is the status of Frederik Andersen. The goaltender was to be assessed by Leafs doctors on Sunday after he was forced out of the Leafs’ 5-2 loss in Buffalo the previous evening with an upper-body injury. Leafs coach Mike Babcock will provide an update on Monday following practice, though there will be an early hint based on whether Andersen is participating. Observers suspected Andersen suffered either a concussion or a shoulder injury in the first period against the