NEW YORK -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are two weeks away from embarking upon a pursuit they hope will allow the franchise to achieve something it hasn't done in more than 50 years. The New York Islanders will have far more modest and shorter-term goals in mind Friday night, when they host the Maple Leafs at Barclays Center.
Both teams won their most recent games. The Maple Leafs continued surging toward the playoffs Wednesday, when they beat the visiting Florida Panthers 4-3. The Islanders earned a rare victory Tuesday, when they edged the host Ottawa Senators 4-3.
The win was the team-record 46th of the season for the Maple Leafs (46-24-7). The 1998-99, 1999-2000 and 2003-04 clubs all won 45 games apiece.
But as notable as the achievement was Wednesday night, the Maple Leafs have far loftier goals in mind, Toronto hasn't reached the Stanley Cup Finals since winning its last championship in 1967. Both droughts are by far the longest among the NHL's "Original Six" franchises. >> Read more
Copyright 2018 by the Associated Press