The Skinny - Game 80
Toronto 2, Isles 1
Calle Rosen and John Tavares scored goals to build a 2-0 lead for Toronto early in the third period and Frederik Andersen made 28 saves as the Leafs spoiled the Isles' regular season home finale with a 2-1 victory over the Isles before a sellout crowd of 13,917 at Nassau Coliseum.
Jordan Eberle got the Isles on the board with a late power play goal, his 4th in the last three games, but the Isles could not find the equalizer that would have moved them within one point of Washington in the Metro Division. The Leafs win clinched a playoff spot and a first-round matchup with Boston.
The Isles still have 99 points, and they remain three points behind Washington (who lost to Florida 5-3). Tampa Bay). Idle Pittsburgh has 97 points and could move ahead of the Isles with a ROW vs. Detroit on Tuesday. The Isles and Capitals have two games and Pittsburgh has three games to play.
The Isles' magic number to clinch home-ice remains five (against Pittsburgh). It can fall to three on Tuesday with a Detroit win over the Penguins.