Posted March 26, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Toronto Maple Leafs keep scraping out points as they manage to find themselves in a number of tight games recently. But there's room for improvement as the team continues to struggle in shootouts. Nonetheless, they're certainly better off than the Florida Panthers, who own the league's worst record and are still sputtering as they prepare to conclude their season-long five-game road trip Tuesday night at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs (17-12-4) appear to be in a good position to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004 and end the NHL's longest playoff drought. They currently occupy the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference, six points ahead of ninth place. But they're also fresh off their third shootout loss in five games, blowing a 2-0 lead en route to a 3-2 defeat at Boston on Monday. "We are coming out of the wrong end of it, but at the end of the day a point is a point," said Nazem Kadri, whose 35 points lead Toronto. "They ...
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