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Jonas Siegel

Maple Leafs dealt a harsh lesson in loss

TORONTO—Mike Babcock watched a young team, much like his own, get spanked by a veteran opponent on Tuesday night and wanted his players to be prepared for a similar situation.

After seeing the inexperienced Edmonton Oilers fall 7-0 to the San Jose Sharks, the Toronto Maple Leafs' head coach explained to his club that the level of play would rise higher with every game that passed.

Leafs to face Caps to open playoffs

TORONTO—No one usually recognizes Jake Gardiner on his walk home from the Air Canada Centre, but that changed Saturday night after the Maple Leafs clinched just their second playoff berth in the last 13 years.

Post-season hockey is new again in Toronto and for most members of the Leafs heading into a first-round series with the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals.

Leafs' playoff push gets boost

TORONTO—Third-period leads haven't always turned out well for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, but they managed to protect a big one last night.

Frederik Andersen came up with 36 saves, including 19 in the final 20 minutes, as the Leafs edged the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 and jumped—at least temporarily—back into the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.