It was tough hockey to watch.

The Leafs played their final game of the season tonight against the Blue Jackets and came out on the losing end of the affair by a 3-2 score.

The Leafs were clearly out of gas for much of the game.  They were coming off a 5-3 win over the Penguins last night. And Columbus looked clearly disinterested in the match. It meant a lousy game of hockey to be had for paying fans who were hoping for a tie or win to play against the Ottawa Senators.

So the Leafs face the Washington Capitals in round one of the playoffs.  It’ll be a big challenge for the rookie-laden Leafs.  They have next-to-no experience post-season, and face the Ovechkin-led Caps, who are considered by some as the Stanley Cup favourites.

Notes:

  • The Leafs hope to have goaltender Freddie Andersen back from injury to start the playoffs.  He left last night’s game after taking a hard hit to the head.
  • Nikita Zaitsev is also questionable as he took a hit to the upper-body this evening that had the ear markings of a possible concussion.