Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans! And what a great morning it is at that!

Last night, the opponent for the SECOND ROUND was determined and after a nail-biter of a game, including a dramatic final minute goal to send the game to overtime, the Florida Panthers eliminated the Boston Bruins!

That's right folks not only did the Maple Leafs make it to round two this year, we don't have to deal with the nonsense, tomfoolery, and conspiracies that come with playing the Bruins in the playoffs.

No worrying about the refs, player safety, Gary Bettman, or the play by play being on Boston's side.

All we have to deal with is normal, playoff stress. Isn't that wonderful?

We're going back to Florida!

Also last night, another series ended. The Colorado Avalanche were eliminated from the playoffs and the reigning Stanley Cup champions are no more.

The Seattle Kraken have won their first playoff series, beating the Avalanche in seven games.

KRAKEN ADVANCE! Seattle wins Game 7 in 2-1 Classic!
KRAKEN WIN! KRAKEN WIN! KRAKEN WIN! Ollie Bjorkstrand and Phillipp Grubauer Steal Game 7 to set the Kraken off to Round 2!

That leaves us with one first round series to go. Tonight the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils will play game seven, and that sounds like it will be a barn burner of a game. Catch that one at 7PM if you're interested.

But, back to the Maple Leafs. When do they play next? Right now says that game one is Tuesday night at 7PM, game two is Thursday at 7.

NHL announces schedule for Games 1, 2 of Stanley Cup Playoffs 2nd Round
The National Hockey League today announced the dates for Games 1 and 2 of each 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round series. The Second Round begins Tuesday, May 2, with a doubleheader featuring the Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. ET and the Seattle Kraken vs. Dallas Stars at 9:3…

That would make sense as it would lead to game three on Saturday. Game three, in Florida, on Saturday? Oh that arena is going to be full of Leafs fans making a weekend trip. Who wants seven games full of home ice?

So, what can we read to get us through to game one?

How about a round one recap?

7 Things I Think About Round 1
Guess who: I like his commitment to his bit – which is to walk the miscreants away from the crease like he’s the bouncer in a club in the wrong part of town. I like his point shots, and also that he knows he’s on the Leafs now, and he should use them sparingly. I like his defensive awareness too.

Maybe listen to a new episode of Back to Excited?

Back to Excited Episode 202: Victory
Welcome to another episode of Back to Excited. Today we go through the Leafs series versus Tampa Bay!

Damn right they can!

Opinion | Kyle Dubas was right. The Leafs can win with his blueprint. No hard feelings
It was widely accepted that for Dubas to stay, the Leafs needed to win at least a round. And as Dubas watched them do it, his handiwork was all over the ice.

But will the second round be easier? Yes.

Surprise; Maple Leafs Meet Panthers Not Bruins: Easier or Not?
The Toronto Maple Leafs were fully expecting to meet the Boston Bruins in Round 2. Can the Maple Leafs beat the Florida Panthers more easily?

The Winnipeg Jets* are bringing back Rick Bowness as head coach. I'm sure not everyone is pleased. This will be a fun off-season for them.

Rick Bowness to return behind Winnipeg Jets’ bench | TSN
Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness is expected to return behind the bench for the 2023-24 season, according to general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff.

The Hockey News has a look at the most memorable moments for the first round.

After Andrew Cogliano broke his neck in game six vs Seattle, I'm sure this topic will come up at GM meetings.

Belle: Eliminating checking from behind from the NHL
The NHL is now knee-deep into its Stanley Cup playoffs. Now, ten days…

Finally, one more reason to not care about the Presidents' Trophy.

NHL Presidents’ Trophy curse: Bruins’ first-round loss to Panthers extends jinx to 10 years
Boston entered the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs with the best record in NHL history.

Enjoy your day everyone! Get ready for round two!