Playoffs will wait as Capitals pummel Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens watches the puck go into the goal shot by the Washington...

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens watches the puck go into the goal shot by the Washington Capitals in Washington on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The long elusive playoff spot will come in time for the Maple Leafs, likely not too long after the smell of Tuesday’s 5-1 loss to the Capitals drifts away.

The talk of clinching is just too hard to resist for a team that has missed out on the post-season for nine years, however, so much so that even the thorough loss by a tired Toronto team is no real cause for serious worry or pre-playoff panic.

Sure it was their most lopsided thumping of the season, but the Leafs had recorded points in 13 of their previous 14 games and one awful result against the NHL’s hottest team shouldn’t do much damage to the big picture.

Or will it?



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