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.
An injury to Frederik Andersen has cast doubt on the Toronto Maple Leafs' goaltending — and their playoff chances. Andersen left Toronto's 5-2 loss to the Sabres on Saturday night after sustaining an upper-body injury. With 85 points, Toronto has a one-point edge over Boston after the Bruins beat the New York Islanders.
Jack Eichel scored twice and set up another goal in the Buffalo Sabres’ 5-2 win that slowed the youth-laden Toronto Maple Leafs’ late-season surge to clinch a playoff berth. Ryan O’Reilly and Dmitry Kulikov each had a goal and assist, and Evander Kane also scored in a game the Sabres took control of by scoring three straight times in the second period. Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots, and the Sabres continued their home dominance over their cross-border rivals by improving to 18-2-1 against Toronto in their last 21 games at Buffalo. The Maple Leafs’ hold on third-place in the Atlantic Division dwindled in having a three-game winning streak end and losing in regulation for just the second time in