The team that won't say die kept its improbable playoff dream alive last night, beating the Boston Bruins in a shootout that featured Nazem Kadri's cold-blooded marker.
Head coach Ron Wilson showed some serious faith in the rookie, throwing him out in a must-win situation. The kid delivered in a big way, drifting toward Bruins goalie Tim Thomas with his stick dancing over the puck before going to his backhand and firing a shot high over Thomas's glove hand. It was an exciting finish to a highly entertaining game.
So they live to play another meaningful game, this one in Ottawa against the Senators on Saturday night. Mirtle is promising to file a thing or two to this space today.
Until then, the links:
Lance Hornby from the Toronto Sun on last night's win.
Michael Traikos at the National Post argues the Leafs'late-season run has evened out the Phil Kessel trade.
Maple Leafs Hot Stove drops a little statistical analysis of Ron Wilson's work.
Down Goes Brown celebrates April Fool's Day.
A brief tribute to the mighty Vancouver Canucks, who clinched the first President's Trophy in franchise history last night. The green guys celebrated by busting out a Hulk Hogan move. Very fitting ahead of Wrestlemania weekend.