National Hockey League roundup: Bruins will take on Senators in first round

Posted April 20, 2017

A trainer tends to injured Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo after he was hit by Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Evgeni Malkin found the net in both outings against the Maple Leafs this season, but the team continues to be cautious with the former Hart Trophy victor as he nurses his way back to health following a shoulder injury. Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak, Leo Komarov, and Jake Gardiner have all logged exactly one playoff series in the National Hockey League - that infamous seven-game affair against Boston in 2013. Babcock said Andersen showed no concussion symptoms and would be ready for the start of the postseason.

Kasperi Kapanen scored his first career National Hockey League goal at 14:30 of the third when he was left uncovered at the right side of the net.

"We'll see [Saturday], I think it's close to playing", Malkin said after taking limited contact in the Penguins' optional practice at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. "We want to try to make our mark and play as well as we can". I don't think there is over-structure on them.

Holding leads hasn't been an issue for the Leafs recently, but it was on Sunday.

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The Penguins recalled goaltender Tristan Jarry and forward Kevin Porter on Saturday ahead of their game in Toronto.

"It's not a switch we can flip, no", defenseman Seth Jones said.

- The Tampa Bay Lightning, who visit Montreal (Friday), and the New York Islanders remain alive. "They've got a generational player in Matthews, and they've got some young guys and they play hard every night and they've got speed".

Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead at 6:11 of the first period on the 23rd goal of the season by Kessel, who pounced on a loose puck and fired his shot from the right circle.

We all know the David vs. Goliath story. Van Riemsdyk's wrap-around attempt was a couple inches from sneaking past Fleury.

James van Riemsdyk tied it for the Maple Leafs only 29 seconds later - in the middle of the announcement for Kessel's goal - with some ridiculous eye-hand coordination.

Toronto's William Nylander hit a goal post nearing the midpoint of the first.

The Lightning when leading after two periods are an outstanding 24-3-1, while the Leafs when trailing after two periods are miserable 3-20-3.

Saturday's victory against the Penguins clinched a playoff spot for the Leafs. He couldn't stop Bournival in the opening minutes of the third though, with the fourth liner tapping in Andrej Sustr's shot from behind the goal for a 3-1 lead. He appeared in 41 games, enough to get his name on the Stanley Cup, before having his season cut short by an injury.

Andersen's status for the start of those playoffs comes into question if he can't go against the Jackets and his potential absence would be crippling to the Leafs. Zaitsev was ruled out with an upper-body injury but Polak did return after missing the first six minutes of the third, and only played one shift. RW Patric Hornqvist, C Nick Bonino, LW Chris Kunitz, RW Bryan Rust, D Brian Dumoulin and G Matt Murray also did not dress for Pittsburgh.

However, the regular season itself isn't quite finished yet, and though the Bruins aren't playing, Sunday's game is a huge one: Blue Jackets at Maple Leafs.

The Penguins missed out on a chance to reach 20 road wins for a 10th consecutive season, something they'll now try to do Sunday in NY.