leafs: That flight home from Uniondale had to feel good for that reason, and more, according to Toronto Star. The Leafs played so much better than they did in late February, when the Islanders and their fans took it to the visitors and John Tavares. Frank Franklin II / AP The Maple Leafs punched their ticket to the playoffs with a 2-1 road win over the New York Islanders on Monday night. Toronto admittedly shrunk from the challenge in that game, Tavares' first one back against his old team. There was a scare in the second period, when star centre Auston Matthews took a slapshot off his left ankle and limped off the ice. On Monday night, Tavares scored the winner and the Leafs defeated an Islanders club that is first in the NHL in goals-against average 2.38 and had allowed a goal or fewer in four of their previous five games. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.