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Playoff Pressure Intensifies on Upstart Leafs - James Mirtle at the Globe and Mail

You won’t get very far in the Toronto Maple Leafs dressing room these days without hearing the phrase "our playoffs" in relation to the tail end of the regular season.

And after Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres to keep such talk alive, the coaching staff was joining in the discussion on Sunday.

"These are fun games," winger Freddy Sjostrom explained. "I think some other people said it, too, these are like playoff games. For us, it’s huge. You’re pumped up for every single game, every shift matters."

Too bad this sens of urgency and worth wasn't present during the first three months of the season. Le sigh. Also, the Sabres won last night so yeah.... Then again it's always been said that a team plays best when loose...

Loose Leafs Make Like of MLSE Sale

"I'm going to start selling muffins and stuff I think on the side," he said of attempting to come up with the more than $1-billion purchase price. "On Bloor Street. Get yer muffins here! Army's muffins, not only on the ice, but off the ice."

More links after the jump.

Leafs Links

No Time for Leafs to Relax

How could a team in the middle of Death March?

Rogers Takes Pass on Maple Leafs Stake

Interesting considering their supposed interest earlier in the season.

Change is on Tap for MLSE

In light of news that the OTPP is shopping, some insight on how things will change.

Game 69 (snicker) Scoring Chance

Slava Duris does the work so you don't have to.

Eastern Conference Playoff Race

SD also looks at how the East is looking coming down to the wire.

How Grabovski Became a Top-Line Centre in the NHL

VLM has much love for the Belarussian Beauty