Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
The Toronto Maple Leafs forced Game 6 in their series with the Boston Bruins, as the Leafs took it to the Bruins in Game 5 in Boston, winning 2-1.
The Leafs didn't make anything easy on themselves in that one, being outshot horribly in the third period, 19-4.
Toronto now returns home for Game 6, hoping to win its first home playoff game since 2004. The Leafs need wins in Game 6 and Game 7 to move on to the second round of the playoffs, but if they are able to do that, they have quite the plethora of potential matchups available to them.
If the Penguins win their series with the Islanders, the Leafs would play the winner of the Rangers-Capitals series. If the Rangers won that series, the Leafs would have home-ice advantage in the second round. If the Capitals won that series, the Leafs would open up on the road in Washington.
If the Penguins lose, however, it changes the landscape of the playoff picture drastically. The Leafs would open up at home against the Senators in Round 2 if the Capitals won against the Rangers in the first round.
If the Penguins and Caps lose, the Maple Leafs would have home-ice advantage for the next two rounds (assuming they make it that far) and would play the New York Islanders in the second round.
If the Leafs lose either Game 6 or Game 7, all of this is purely hypothetical, as their season will be over.