Lucas Viveiros | The Avro Post
It was a high scoring game between two high-octane offenses on Friday evening, with the Toronto Maple Leafs winning over the New York Islanders 5-4.
There wasn’t much defending in this one, as the Islanders continued to play their run and gun style of hockey, which is the reason they are outside of the playoff picture looking in.
As for the Maple Leafs, coming into the game they had already clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs thanks to Ottawa’s victory over Florida the night prior.
The win solidified Toronto’s seeding heading into the playoffs, as the team is now not mathematically able to fall any lower than third in the Atlantic division.
As for the Islanders, another disappointing season where their defensive side of the game held back their fire power of front.
New York ranks 31st in the NHL when it comes to goals allowed, shots allowed, and on the penalty kill, and the Leafs were able to take advantage of it.
The Maple Leafs depth featured five different goal scorers on the evening as Kadri (31), Zaitsev (5), Marner (22), Van Riemsdyk (36), and Matthews (31) all were able to beat former Leaf goaltending prospect Christopher Gibson.
Toronto certainly gave Islanders captain John Tavares something to think about when it comes to him hitting free agency on July 1st.
Next up for the Maple Leafs, a battle between the sophomore superstars Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine on Saturday, as Toronto will take on the Winnipeg Jets.
Puck drop is set for 7:00 from the Air Canada Centre and can be seen on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.
More news from the ice
- The 2017-2018 Maple Leafs are the fourth team in franchise history to reach the 100 point plateau
- The Leafs are only four points shy of setting a new team record for points in a season (with four games to play)
- Toronto is the only team in the National Hockey League with at least three different 30 goal scorers (Van Riemsdyk, Kadri, Matthews)
- Mitch Marner extended his point streak to 11 games (five goals, 11 assists over that span)
- The Leafs swept the season series with the Islanders, winning all three games
- If the Stanley Cup Playoffs began today the Leafs and Lightning would meet in round one with Game 1 starting in Tampa
More coverage to follow. Image from SB Nation.