Maple Leafs clinch playoff berth with win against Canadiens

7 months ago  /  NHL.com  /  Read Time: 3 minutes 30 seconds
Maple Leafs clinch playoff berth with win against Canadiens

Article at a glance:

  • The Maple Leafs lead the Edmonton Oilers, who have two games in hand, by seven points for first place in the Scotia North Division.
  • "The guys have worked hard through a very challenging and unique season," Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said.
  • Nick Suzuki scored, and Jake Allen made 25 saves for Montreal (21-18-9), which has lost three of its past four games and remained six points ahead of the Calgary Flames for fourth in the division.
  • "If you look at the games that we've played against them, they've been really close games," Canadiens forward Josh Anderson said.
  • William Nylander scored a power-play goal on the first shot of the game to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 1:38 of the first period.
  • Nick Foligno's pass hit the shin pad of Suzuki and deflected into the air, and Matthews batted the puck down around Suzuki before shooting glove side on Allen off the far post.
  • "We've got to play a full 60 (minutes) against those guys," Suzuki said.
  • "We've worked hard to create an identity," Spezza said of his line with Thornton and Brooks.
  • We've had a few games together here and just keep moving forward."
  • … Matthews scored his 10th game-winning goal of the season, tying Mats Sundin (2003-04) and Frank Mahovlich (1960-61) for third in Toronto history
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