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Leafs know they’ve just completed the best statistical season in franchise history.And Frederik Andersen knows he now holds the team’s all-time record for goalie wins in a season.What remains a mystery for the Leafs is their first-round playoff opponent.Andersen made 31 saves to pick up his 38th victory of the season Saturday and Toronto closed out its schedule by defeating the Montreal Canadiens 4-2.The Leafs finished with a club-record 105 points – bettering the 103 earned in the pre-lockout 2003-04 season before the shootout was introduced to break ties – but will have to wait until the Boston Bruins play the Florida Panthers on Sunday to see where they open their next playoff chapter.A win for the Bruins over the Panthers Custom Vegas Golden Knights Jerseys , who have been eliminated from postseason contention, would see Boston move into first in the Atlantic Division and set up a meeting between Tampa Bay and Toronto.A victory in regulation for the Panthers, meanwhile, would see the Leafs and Bruins square off.Asked if he would be watching Sunday’s finale, a makeup game after Boston and Florida were snowed out in January, Andersen indicated he has other plans.”No,” he said. ”I’m going to watch the Masters.”Auston Matthews scored his 34th goal of the season to match his jersey number and added an assist for Toronto (49-26-7), which also set club records for overall victories and home wins (29).Zach Hyman, Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau had the other goals for the Leafs, who are going to the playoffs for the second consecutive spring. Jake Gardiner added two assists.Andersen’s 37 victories coming in saw him sit tied with Ed Belfour (2002-03) and Andrew Raycroft (2006-07) for the most by a Toronto goalie in a season.Now he sits alone in first.”It’s fun when you set goals at the beginning of the year and then you achieve some of them,” Andersen said. ”It goes without saying that there are bigger goals.”Leafs coach Mike Babcock was pleased to see his team come through for its goalie in a game that didn’t mean anything in the standings.”He’s been a huge part of our team,” Babcock said. ”That record is a special, special thing.”Daniel Carr and Jeff Petry scored for Montreal (29-40-13). Carey Price stopped 26 shots for the visitors as the Canadiens wrapped up a disappointing season.The players observed a moment of silence before the game to honor the victims of Friday’s horrific crash in Saskatchewan that saw a tractor-trailer collide with a bus carrying a junior hockey team, killing 15 people and injuring 14 others.The Leafs and Canadiens also sported Broncos decals on their helmets.Tied 1-1 through 40 minutes Chris Wagner Jersey Womens , Hyman chipped a rebound past Price just 37 seconds into the third for his 15th goal and 40th point of the season after Matthews took the initial shot.Andersen made a good stop on Brendan Gallagher’s one-timer with four minutes to go, before the Leafs went to the power play with 3:45 left when Michael McCarron hacked Matthews to the ice with the center bearing down on what could have been his 35th goal.But Kadri wouldn’t be denied with 2:50 left when he backhanded his 32nd over Price before Petry then scored his 12th with 40.2 seconds left in regulation.Marleau put things to bed with his 27th on a Price mistake with 9.8 seconds still on the clock as the Canadiens limped to the finish line after topping the Atlantic with 103 points last season.”We’re still playing the game we love,” Gallagher said. ”But the games haven’t been meaningful.”Just never want to feel this (way) or go through this ever again.”Down 1-0 after Matthews extended his point streak to 10 games – he now has seven goals and seven assists over that span – late in the first, the Canadiens came close when Andersen denied Gallagher twice on a power play in the second.”He’s been unbelievable for us, probably our best player all year,” Matthews said the Leafs goalie. ”He’s kept us in games, won us games all throughout the year and been a brick wall.”Montreal got even with 3:56 left in the second when Carr scored his sixth on a rebound.Matthews struck on the power play with 1:55 left in the first when William Nylander wheeled down from the point, froze Price and delivered a sweet cross-ice feed for a wide-open net to get the ball rolling on a milestone night.Now all the Leafs can do is sit and wait to find out where they’ll open the playoffs next week as the Atlantic’s No. 3 seed – either Boston or Tampa.”We don’t know who we’re playing,” Babcock said. ”Both teams are very good hockey clubs.”We’re in for a great test and it should be a lot of fun.”UP NEXT:Canadiens: Season over.Maple Leafs: first round of the playoffs.— ST. LOUIS (AP) — Goals have been hard to come by this season for St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz. That all changed Tuesday night against Edmonton.Schwartz had three goals and an assist, David Perron added two goals and two assists, and the Blues cruised to a 7-2 rout of the Oilers.Schwartz, who has 10 goals, scored once in each period for his fourth career hat trick and first since Oct. 18, 2017 Alex Galchenyuk Jersey Womens , against Chicago.“It’s a nice feeling. Maybe you grip the stick a little bit less when you see a couple going in and see a little bit more of the net,” he said. “Obviously, the linemates and the other players made great plays on those goals, and some nights they just seem to find a way and others they don’t.”Alex Pietrangelo and Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues, who outshot Edmonton 44-17 and improved to 6-1-2 in their last nine home games against the Oilers.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian scored for Edmonton.St. Louis jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Oilers scored twice late in the second period. The Blues added three goals in the third.Schwartz opened the scoring at 11:41 of the first. He got the puck in the corner, skated into the left faceoff circle and lifted the puck from a bad angle over goalie Mikko Koskinen’s glove.Perron got an assist after his takeaway in the neutral zone started the play, extending his point streak to 16 games. Perron was playing his third game after missing 24 with an upper-body injury. He has 20 points in those 16 games.Pietrangelo scored his 13th goal 27 seconds into the second period. From the left side, Schwartz passed to a wide-open Pietrangelo in the slot. He skated in and faked to his right before going left and slipping the puck into the net.Schwartz scored his second goal at 5:42 to make it 3-0. He fired a wrist shot from the left circle that hit Koskinen’s right pad and trickled in.“I think you need to relax a little bit. You feel more confident with the puck,” Schwartz said. “Maybe find open areas a little more. I think in any sport when you’re having a little bit more success it gives you a little bit better feeling.”Perron scored from behind the net at 7:14, making it 4-0.The Oilers got on the board at 18:28 when Nugent-Hopkins scored from the right side, making it 4-1. It was just the 12th shot on goal for Edmonton.It appeared Blues rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington made the save, but after a replay review officials ruled the puck crossed the goal line. Nugent-Hopkins was awarded his 24th of the season.Edmonton quickly netted a second goal 58 seconds later when Kassian came around behind the net and pushed the puck inside the post just over the goal line. His unassisted goal came at 19:27.St. Louis scored a power-play goal that deflected in off the skate of Perron six minutes into the third period. It was his 20th of the season, the fourth time in his career he has reached the plateau. The last time he scored 20 goals came during the 2013-14 season, when he was in his first season with the Oilers.“It’s a tough loss Carter Rowney Jersey Womens ,” said Edmonton coach Ken Hitchcock, who used to coach the Blues. “We spent a lot of energy coming back in the game. The fifth goal was the killer for us. Against a good team like that, you can’t take a penalty 200 feet from your net. Then we couldn’t get it killed. We couldn’t get the faceoff won.”Maroon jammed the puck inside the right post at 13:22, making it 6-2 with his fourth goal in his last six games.Schwartz scored his third of the night on a power play at 18:48.“Obviously, it’s going to give him confidence,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “A player like that, that hasn’t produced the way he wants to and the way we expect him to, it’s tough. Getting a hat trick tonight will give him confidence for sure.”Nugent-Hopkins did not like how the Oilers played.“It’s not just special teams,” he said. “They were outshooting us 23-5 at one point in the second. Our game is the best when we’re forechecking and we’re creating loose pucks. Tonight we just got away from that a little bit and the other team did exactly that and they got rewarded for it.”NOTES: Blues RW Vladimir Tarasenko returned to the lineup after missing five games with an upper-body injury sustained March 7 against the Kings. Without him, St. Louis was 1-2-2. … Connor McDavid had his streak of eight consecutive multipoint games snapped. McDavid remains three points shy of tying his career high of 108, set last season. … St. Louis won the season series 2-0-1. … Edmonton fell to 16-17-5 on the road. … Binnington improved to 14-3-0 in his past 17 starts.UP NEXTOilers: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.Blues: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.
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