Maple Leafs vs. Islanders - Game Recap - 2 April 2019

Previewing the NHL Playoffs and the Boston Bruins

Previewing the NHL Playoffs and the Boston Bruins

It will be an interesting last week in the East. Carolina enters this game off a 3-1 loss to the Penguins on the road and scoring their lone goal was Jaccob Slavin, which was his 8th of the year.

"It was a good game", Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said.

Nazem Kadri and Jake Muzzin did not play on Thursday and are likely scratches in the season finale in Montreal on Saturday, but their cause of their absence is not expected to keep them out of Game 1 of the Bruins series in Boston next Thursday.

Only Toronto is grumbling about the format because the Leafs are going to meet the Boston Bruins in the opening round, causing terrible flashbacks to 2013 and 2018, when Boston overcame seventh-game deficits to eliminate Toronto.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares had the decisive score against his former team, the New York Islanders, at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

"Give them a lot of credit, they had a lot of desperation in their game", NY coach Barry Trotz said of the Maple Leafs.

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Toronto (46-26-7) has three games left in the regular season. "We thought we left a lot out there in the Montreal game".

In Tavares' first game against his former team February 28, he was held without a point and met with a chorus of boos. He was booed almost every time he stepped on the ice in the first period, and again serenaded with chants of "We Don't Need You" about three minutes into the game. On that night, fans angry at his departure after he repeatedly said he hoped to stay, mixed in boos and several derisive chants from the start of warmups and throughout the game.

Nylander made it 4-4 at 17:33 of the second on a wraparound after Lindgren overcommitted to his left. Toronto blue-liner Jake Gardiner (back) is expected to suit up for the first time since February 27 on Thursday. If the Canadiens are playing for a playoff spot, they are going to play within their speed and defensive system as well as benefit from Carey Price in net, playing a very structured game. Scoring leader Nikita Kucherov added his 40th goal into an empty net to hit 126 points, and Ryan McDonagh had two assists in front of a crowd of 19,400 at Scotiabank Arena.

The Shaw goal had a footnote because Jonathan Drouin picked up the second assist, which gave him 53 points on the season to match his career high. In their last meeting on February 28, NY won 6-1. In addition, because he was not on the Marlies roster at the trade deadline, the 2018 Calder Cup-winning goalie can not play for the Leafs' farm team in its playoffs.

Islanders: At the Florida Panthers on Thursday night before closing the regular season at Washington on Saturday night.

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