Leafs Win; Still 6 Points Out of Playoffs

Thayne HallyburtonCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2008

The Toronto Maple Leafs  left Long Island, New York Tuesday night after taking two points from the New York Islanders.

Toronto did it on the back of Pavel Kubina, who has been the horse the Maple Leafs thought they were paying for two summers ago, since the deadline.

Kubina scored his third game-winning goal in the last four games for Toronto, becoming a fantasy hockey dream.

Wellwood also scored in the third period to start the comeback for Toronto who have all but been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

It was a solid effort tonight by the blue and white who played without their two best offensive players in captain Mats Sundin and Nik Antropov.

The bad news on the night was that the Philadelphia Flyers, who currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot also won, keeping the six point gap between the Leafs and the Flyers that was there when the night started.

Anyone hoping that there is still a chance that the Leafs will make the playoffs need only to look at Saturday night's game and know that there are better teams ahead of them trying to get into that eighth spot as well.

Toronto coach, Paul Maurice, is coaching for his job here down the stretch and is throwing everything he can at trying to make the playoffs.

Andrew Raycroft hasn't seen the ice since January and will not see the ice again until the Leafs are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Whether the Leafs make the post-season or not, Toronto GM Cliff Fletcher, still says that he will be dismantling this team over the summer and rebuilding it which is welcome news to most Maple Leafs fans.

Toronto for all intents and purposes is done like dinner. Just don't tell Paul Maurice.