Leafs playoff partner still not set after loss

Leafs defenceman John-Michael Liles is taken down by the Canadiens' Travis Moen on Saturday night...

Leafs defenceman John-Michael Liles is taken down by the Canadiens' Travis Moen on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:32 PM ET

TORONTO - The Montreal Canadiens care more about winning a division title than writing another chapter of The Hockey Sweater.

They spoiled the party atmosphere of the Maple Leafs’ regular-season send-off and in doing so threw the first-round playoff matchups into disarray for one more day.

The simple math of a Leafs’ win going a long way to setting up the first Toronto-Montreal series in 34 years was quickly complicated as the visitors built towards a 4-1 win.

The meeting of the Two Solitudes, which almost happened in the Cup final 20 years ago, still might happen next week. But it’s now riding on Sunday’s Bruins-Senators makeup game for the Boston Marathon bombings.

If the Bruins lose to the Senators they will place the fifth seeded Leafs. If the Bruins win they will clinch the Northeast Division and Toronto with play the Canadiens.


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