The Leafs claimed sole possession of the eighth, and final, playoff berth in the uber-tight Eastern Conference on Saturday by defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 at the Air Canada Centre. Andrew Raycroft, the workhorse, made his 2oth straight start and turned aside 28 of 31 shots to claim the victory. Mats Sundin scored 2 goals, his sixth and seventh in the last 10 games, and my new best friend John Pohl also scored a pair in the effort. The return of Dave Keon and the rest of the legendary 1967 Stanley Cup winning Leafs team obviously inspired the Buds in this game as they managed to hold off a strong, desperate Oilers attack. Props to Andrew Raycroft for holding down the fort once again!
Sadly, I missed the game and the pre-game ceremony last night and had to rely on the highlight reel on TV this afternoon when I was out for lunch. I am pretty stoked to see that the Leafs are beginning to gel as a team and show signs of being more of a playoff contender than they were last year and earlier this year. Tuesday sees the Leafs taking on the Bruins at the ACC, Thursday they head to Long Island to take on the New York Islanders, and then down to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Flyers Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada.