By Tim Graham • October 10, 2018 08:09:27By Mark MacLeod”We’re still learning,” forward Logan Couture said.
“We’re just trying to get more comfortable with each other and what the system is.”
The Maple Leafs entered the week with just a handful of games left in the regular season.
They have a game in Edmonton on Sunday.
The Leafs lost two in a row in Vancouver before rallying to beat the Ducks in the first round.
The win is just the fourth time in franchise history that a Leafs team has won four straight games in the playoffs.
The last time they did that was in 2011, when they went 7-2-0 and the Bruins swept the Leafs in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Leafs were looking to build on a 2-1 series lead with a game to spare and have won five of six.
That’s just the second time this season that the Leafs have won at least five in a seven-game series.
They’ve won six of seven games in Toronto.
The first of two games in Edmonton comes Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the game will air on Sportsnet and Rogers Sportsnet, and on SportsNet and Bell Media in the U.S. The second will take place at 6:30 a.m., with the first game on SportsCenter at 7 p.g.
The Maple Leafs are 5-0-0 in games in Canada.
They’re also 1-1-0 at home.
They are 1-0 on the road this season.
“We want to play better in the next couple of games,” said captain Connor Carrick, who has four goals and 11 points.
“Hopefully we can take the next two games into the playoffs and make the playoffs.”
The team has a 3.16 goals-against average and .926 save percentage this season, which ranks first in the NHL.
Toronto has not allowed more than three goals in any of its last six games.
It’s also allowed a goal in five straight games and is 0-2 in those games, with one win.
“There are some games where you just don’t score goals, so we’re going to have to find some solutions to that,” coach Sheldon Keefe said.
“You just have to look at the bigger picture, get the puck out of your zone, play with a little more confidence, play in your own zone and just keep working hard.
We’re in the middle of a great season right now.
There’s a lot of great hockey going on.”
The Leafs, who are in their fifth season in the Western Conference, have not lost at home since a 2 0-0 road loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 7.
They led 3-1 going into that contest but then lost three straight games before getting swept in the third round.
They had lost five straight to start the season and were 0-5-1 in those five games.
“They’re a team that’s really good at getting on a roll, especially in the second half of the season,” said winger Connor Carrol.
“The third period in the last game against Dallas was pretty good.
It felt like we were in control.”
The Oilers have won six straight against the Leafs.
They defeated them in four straight meetings last season and then beat them again on Sunday in the opener.
The Oilers were coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago on Monday night that set up Game 4 of the Western Semi-Finals at Rexall Place.
That game featured two goals by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and a goal by Andrew Ference.
The Oilers were led by Connor McDavid, who had seven goals and 25 points.
The Bruins were coming into the week a game back of the Maple Leafs, but they’re 0-3-1 and on a three-game losing streak.
The Maple Leaf goalies were 2-4 in the series, with Connor Hellebuyck giving up five goals and two wins.
Boston has won two straight and two of three, while the Bruins are 0-1.
Couture is the first Leafs player to start all four games of a series in 2017.
He did so on Oct. 1 against the Calgary Flames.
Cody Franson was the lone goaltender to start Game 4 against Calgary.