Toronto Maple Leafs look to clinch eighth straight playoff berth vs. Lightning

Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (34) battles Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) and Lightning defenceman Darren Raddysh (43) for control of the puck during second period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Monday November 6, 2023. (Chris Young/CP)

The Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping to have an extra reason to celebrate a victory Wednesday evening.

If Toronto gets a single point against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Leafs will reach the playoffs for the eighth straight season.

The Leafs and Lightning are familiar playoff foes with Toronto eliminating Tampa in the first round last season. It was the first time the Leafs moved past the first round since 2004.

Watch the Leafs take on the Lightning on Sportsnet and Sportsnet+ at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

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