Andersen back for playoffs

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Voting totals (points awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis): Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs, 68 points; Patrik Laine, Jets, 53 points; Zach Werenski, Blue Jackets, 36 points; Matt Murray, Penguins, 21; Mitchell Marner, Maple Leafs, 14 points; Matthew Tkachuk, Flames, 10 points; William Nylander, Maple Leafs, 7 points; Brady Skjei, New York Rangers, 1 point. A significant portion of the fans at Air Canada Centre, already on edge because of the game's high stakes, booed their former star scorer for the duration of the evening.

EAST: The NHL-leading Washington Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins have home-ice advantage against the rival Columbus Blue Jackets on the Metropolitan Division side.

Kapanen (PIT's 2014 first round pick traded to Toronto in the Kessel deal) converted a Matt Hunwick pass for his first National Hockey League goal with just over five minutes left in regulation to tie the game, Brown deflected Jake Gardiner's point shot past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for his 20th of the season to give the Leafs the lead.

Andersen was knocked out of the game early in the second period when Penguins forward Tom Sestito, whose participation in National Hockey League games can't be properly explained by anyone, collided with him in front of the Leafs net.

It's expected the first two games of the Ottawa series would be on Wednesday and Saturday, while Games 1 and 2 versus Washington would be Thursday and Saturday.

The starting assignment for Sunday likely falls to Curtis McElhinney, who filled in Saturday and made key saves.

McElhinney said it was a dream for him to come up big in Andersen's place against the Penguins, though. "Obviously, he's been the heart and soul of this team playing the amount of games (66) that he has so far. The last few games, with points being so important, I think we've played the right way and we just want to make sure we finish off the last couple games the same way here".

Now, at 80 games complete in the 2016-17 season, the Leafs have accumulated 93 points and are 16th overall with a chance of making the playoffs.

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The Leafs are going to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, and Babcock stressed in the morning that it was because of a full team effort.

We'll miss you in the playoffs, Dallas. They have all had these opportunities at different levels, just not at this level. "It's still a back-to-back so prepare and play hard".

"We didn't look like the Washington Capitals out there at all", Holtby said then. Even one of the best in the business can be done in by all that offensive pace the Leafs can produce. "It was a springboard for us the rest of the game". We have to stay more composed. "Once you get in, anything can happen. We want to try to make our mark and play as well as we can".

"I thought it would be like this - you have to really crawl in at the end. We are not winning enough 50-50 battles".

"If you had told us in October we're in position where we can win a game or two and be in a playoff spot, we'll take that all the time".

"I think that the biggest thing that stands out is probably just how complete he is", Crosby said.

The Jackets charged back with three goals in less than seven minutes. Boston rookie defenseman Brandon Carlo left the team's loss to the Capitals on Saturday after being injured on a hit by Alex Ovechkin.

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