The Maple Leafs are playing with fire

Les Maple Leafs jouent avec le feu

The Toronto Maple Leafs would have been able to wear a hard blow to the Canadian in the playoffs, Thursday night, when they received the Dallas Stars at the Scotiabank Arena. Despite the return to play of their goalie Frederik Andersen, they were not able to seize the opportunity and lost 3 to 2.

After missing the last four games of his own due to a neck injury, Andersen has caved in on one of the first shots of the Stars. Indeed, while only 1 min 20 s had elapsed in the first round, Denis Gurianov gave the lead to the visitors.

The Stars struck early again in the second period, and third. It is Radek Faksa, Tyler Seguin hit the target. Then he played his 1000th game in the NHL, Andrew Cogliano was awarded a mention of aid on the success of Faksa.

On the side of the Leafs, Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman, late in the game, have threaded the needle. With a 41st success this season, Matthews has joined David Pastrnak leads the ranking of the best scorers in the league.

In addition to the defeat, the Maple Leafs have also lost the services of striker Andreas Johnsson. The latter left the game in the first period after the injury to his knee. For their part, the Stars had to pass to Alexander Radulov, whose name has been placed on the injured list earlier in the day.

Training toronto still occupies the third place of the Atlantic chapter. It holds seven points ahead of the Habs and two on the Florida Panthers.

Defeat of the Panthers

In Sunrise, the Florida Panthers have suffered a defeat of 6 to 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The visitors forged a lead of 3 to 0 as soon as the first twenty thanks to goals from James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Pitlick and Nicolas Aubé-Kubel. Scott Laughton was added in the second period with his 10th goal of the season.

The Panthers were finally turned on in the third period thanks to goals from Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov. But Sean Couturier and Robert Hagg replied to put the game out of the reach of Floridiens.

To the goalkeeper Carter Hart, it is a first win on the road in more than three months. As for the Flyers, this win allows them to move closer to a point of the New York Islanders and the third largest of the Metropolitan section.

The Sabres surprise the Blue Jackets

In Buffalo, the Blue Jackets of Columbus lost 4 to 3 in overtime to the Sabres. This is Victor Olofsson who made the difference with his 18th goal of the season. It was his second goal of the encounter.

Race series

The defeat of the Maple Leafs allows the Habs to blow a little, who are still seven points of the third place of the Atlantic chapter. For their part, the Panthers have still two points behind the Leafs. For their part, the Flyers and Blue Jackets are now tied for first among teams rescued in the East. They have four points ahead of the Hurricanes.

To watch tonight

The Canadian wants to constrain his sequence of two losses, but the task promises to be difficult against the Penguins. During this time, the Jackets are hoping to wear a hard blow to the chances of the Rangers. At the heart of the fight, the Hurricanes cannot afford to lose the face of the low Devils.

The matches to watch

  • Montreal c. Pittsburgh 19 pm
  • New Jersey c. Caroline, 19 h
  • Rangers NY c. Columbus, 19 h
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