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The Maple Leafs Have FINALLY Won A Playoff Series (and the Blackhawks Benefit)

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It had been 19 looooooong years since the Toronto Maple Leafs had won a playoff series. And the franchise had lost their last 11 games in which they could close out a series. At some point, streaks like that have to end. And Saturday night was the night for this year’s Leafs to get that weight off their collective backs.

John Tavares was the hero early in overtime, scoring a goal that likely justifies his contract to almost every Leafs fan on the planet. Almost…

The Lightning getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs helps the Blackhawks. As I noted earlier this week, Tampa losing sooner than later means the first and second round picks the Blackhawks acquired from the Bolts in separate trades improve.

Tampa becomes the third team to pack their bags for the summer, following the Jets, Wild and Islanders. The Islanders (93) and Jets (95) had fewer regular season points than the Lightning (98), but the first-round knockout means Chicago will likely own the 20th overall pick in the first round of this year’s draft in addition to their own top-five selection. That could change if the Florida Panthers can upset the Bruins.

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Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab