Ben Smith’s Late Goal Keeps Leafs Alive in Playoff Race

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Leafs fans, be sure to tweet your appreciation to the Blackhawks’ @BenASmith12 for his game-winning goal over the Blue Jackets with three seconds remaining in regulation in tonight’s 4-3 Chicago win over Columbus. The Blue Jackets are now one point ahead of the Leafs with one game in hand instead of two.

After their game against the Islanders on Sunday (have to figure it’s a win), the Jackets will have to play two teams that are fighting for their playoff lives in the West in Phoenix and Dallas (currently tied for the last wildcard spot in the West) in a back to back next week. They will wrap the season with another back to back against the Lightning and Panthers.

The Leafs will host Winnipeg on Saturday (final home game) before hitting the road for a Tuesday game in Tampa Bay, a Thursday game in Sunrise, and the season finale in Ottawa the following Saturday.

Leafs Remaining GamesBlue Jackets Remaning Games
vs. Winnipeg (April 5)vs. Islanders (April 6)
vs. Lightning (April 8)vs. Coyotes (April 8)
vs. Panthers (April 10)vs. Stars (April 9)
vs. Senators (April 12)vs. Lightning (April 11)
vs. Panthers (April 12)

The Leafs will need to go 4-0-0 and hope the Blue Jackets go 3-2 or worse. A 3-1 run from the Leafs requires the Jackets go 2-3. The Leafs cannot catch the Blue Jackets on ROW and must finish one point ahead. The Leafs also have to hope the Devils don’t catch fire in their final five games.

wildcardstandings

At the very least, there’s still hope.

The Leafs will need James Reimer to seize the moment, as Jonathan Bernier’s regular season is done due to an MCL sprain.

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  • Optimustic

    Go Leafs Go, and go whoever CBJ is playing against.

  • ConnorCrisp

    you know, if philly crashes and burns we could be chasing them instead

  • steele123

    Finished my first ever OHL playoff colour commentary and boys it was a blast! Even managed to get in a Victor Stalberg joke!

  • wiski

    steele123  Not gonna share?

  • wiski

    ConnorCrisp  It would take a leaf like debacle

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/LupesTroops https://twitter.com/LupesTroops/status/452282705078525953
    Proud to honour at tomorrow night’s game,Sergeant Stacey Williamson and her husband Warrant Officer Shane Williamson! http://t.co/QzbUcspVTl

  • steele123

    wiski steele123  Essentially the joke went that I was complimenting Miles Liberati a player on the Battalion and how he reminds me of a young Del Zotto to which myself and the play by play chatted about Nashville’s defense and how solid they were then I said “Yeah but if your big offensive gun is Victor Stalberg you’re in for a bad time”

  • MLHS_Luke

    Leaf fans waiting for the Columbus game to end:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxjhrZ47FiU

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/TorontoMarlies https://twitter.com/TorontoMarlies/status/452282165049311234
    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Marlies&src=hash clinch a https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CalderCup&src=hash Playoff spot. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CaptainSmith&src=hash will be leading the team into spring: http://t.co/JB6b7xHEI5

  • wiski

    MLHS_Luke  that was tense