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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.

Raptors win 50th

NEW YORK—The Toronto Raptors know they are headed for another wake-up call—no matter how much they would like to sleep in.

They've had the noon start on the opening day of the NBA playoffs the last few years and expect it again.

So while playing some no-name Knicks yesterday may not get them ready for the calibre of competition, at least it provided a glimpse of the timing.