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FTB: The road trip must go on

After losing two games in Florida, the Leafs head north to face the Capitals tonight.

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Cherry trees have already blossomed in Washington while it might still snow here in Toronto.
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The Maple Leafs made their final stop in Florida last night—before the playoffs at least—and left with another loss. This time though they managed to take the Florida Panthers to overtime, picking up one standings point to hold on to home ice advantage for the playoffs. They haven’t clinched that yet, but they now have a two win cushion for it with most teams at three games remaining.

Here’s our live recap of last night’s game:

In a very quick turnaround, the Leafs are now in Washington to play the Capitals tonight at 7:00 p.m.. We’ll have our preview of the game out later this afternoon.

The Marlies play their final home game of the season today at 4:00 p.m. against the Belleville Senators. A win here is critical to hold a playoff spot, even if only for the play-in round.

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We’re now in the final week of the regular season, so it’s very quiet on the news front. Enjoy the nice weather this afternoon as it’s forecast to rain all day tomorrow in Toronto.