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2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs proving no lead is safe

Postseason has seen teams come back from down multiple goals to win 14 times @NHL

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are proving once again that no lead is safe.

The Anaheim Ducks' 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday was their fourth after trailing by two or more goals and the 14th playoff game this season when a team has rallied from down multiple goals to win. That is one short of the playoff record of 15 that was set in 2014, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Here's a look back at the 14 multigoal comeback wins:

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5 Reasons: Why Maple Leafs were eliminated

Playoff inexperience, power-play struggles led to Toronto being defeated by Capitals in first round

by Dave McCarthy / Correspondent

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs jumped from a 30th-place finish in 2015-16 to a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in one season. Their reward was playing the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Although the Maple Leafs led the best-of-7 series 2-1, the Capitals won the next three games to win it in six.

"We got to play a really good team, a well-coached team with real good players, and got to find out where we're at and where our players are at," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "Until you've been through the playoffs with players, you don't really know the level of the player you have and so you learn a lot about your team. I'm really proud of our guys."

Here are 5 reasons the Maple Leafs were eliminated:

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Round 1

5 Reasons: Why Capitals advanced

Strong special teams, play of goalie Braden Holtby helped Washington past Maple Leafs, into second round

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

The Washington Capitals eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Sunday to win the best-of-7 series 4-2.

Five of the six games were decided in overtime and all six were decided by one goal. The Capitals overcame an injury to one of their top defensemen and had to contend with a young and determined Maple Leafs team that tested their resolve.

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Capitals seeking redemption against Penguins

Washington turns attention to Pittsburgh after hard-fought series win against Maple Leafs

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

TORONTO -- The Washington Capitals were laughing and smiling in their locker room at Air Canada Centre on Sunday, and owner Ted Leonsis was kissing overtime hero Marcus Johansson on the cheek and hugging Alex Ovechkin.

There was good reason to celebrate after the Capitals finally finished off the young Toronto Maple Leafs with a series-clinching 2-1 overtime win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round. But as satisfying as it was, it was also clear the Capitals merely viewed it as the first step of four they hope to take in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Future bright for Maple Leafs despite early exit

Toronto fails to upset Capitals in first round but exceeds expectations with young core

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @Cotsonika / Columnist

TORONTO -- It was more of a beginning than an ending for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Oh, Air Canada Centre hushed when Marcus Johansson scored 6:31 into overtime Sunday, giving the Washington Capitals a 2-1 win and eliminating the Maple Leafs in six games in the Eastern Conference First Round.

But as the Maple Leafs consoled goaltender Frederik Andersen, the fans applauded. As the players looked up at the scoreboard screen for a replay of the winning goal, the fans chanted, "Go Leafs Go!"

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game recap

Capitals eliminate Maple Leafs with Game 6 OT win

Marcus Johansson scores 6:31 into overtime; Braden Holtby makes 37 saves

by Dave McCarthy / Correspondent

TORONTO -- Marcus Johansson scored twice, including the winning goal 6:31 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 series-ending win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 at Air Canada Centre on Sunday.

"It's going to be tight; it's never going to be an easy ride," Johansson said. "I think it's good for us where we kind of got a start where everything just didn't go smoothly. You have to work hard and battle for it."

Braden Holtby made 37 saves for the Capitals, who won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round to face the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Braden Holtby keeps impressing for Capitals

Defending Vezina Trophy winner giving Washington everything it can ask for against Maple Leafs, and more

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

TORONTO - After being named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy for the second season on a row on Saturday, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby predictably deflected credit to his teammates and coaches, saying, "That's as much them as it is me."

But the Capitals, who aim to close out the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, CSN-DC), know how important Holtby has been to their success.

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5 Keys: Capitals at Maple Leafs, Game 6

Toronto needs scoring from power play; Washington wants fast start

by Dave McCarthy / Correspondent


7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, CSN-DC

Washington leads best-of-7 series 3-2

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Press Release

Start time set for Capitals-Maple Leafs potential Game 7

Schedule update for April 25

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL /

NEW YORK --The National Hockey League today announced the start time for Game 7 of the First Round Series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals, if necessary, has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 25, in Washington. The game would be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. In Canada, the game would be on CBC and TVA Sports.

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Round 1

NHL LiveWire: Maple Leafs at Capitals, Game 5

Toronto's James van Riemsdyk, Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov mic'd up in Eastern Conference First Round series @NHL

NHL LiveWire: TOR vs. WSH, Gm5

Maple Leafs, Capitals mic'd up for critical Game 5

Listen in as the Maple Leafs and Capitals face off in a crucial Game 5 battle in Washington

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Each night through the second round, NHL LiveWire will take fans inside one Stanley Cup Playoff game.

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