The Toronto Maple Leafs are heading to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Maple Leafs earned their first postseason berth in eight seasons Saturday, defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-1 in front of 20,500 raucous fans at Scotiabank Place.

"We refer back to respect," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "We're trying to earn respect for our group. That, to me, is the most important thing. For us to qualify [for the playoffs], that's a feather in all the players' caps."

Toronto, which got 49 saves from James Reimer, was helped by the New York Islanders' shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon, allowing the Maple Leafs to achieve 25 regulation and overtime wins and holding the Jets to 21.

The Jets can tie the Maple Leafs in points, but with three games remaining can have no more than 24 regulation and overtime wins, giving Toronto the advantage should it come to a tiebreaker.

The Maple Leafs (25-15-3) are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference; the Senators fell to seventh (23-15-6) behind the Islanders with four games to go.

Toronto's Nazem Kadri beat Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson five-hole at 14:10 of the third, making it 3-1, and Joffrey Lupul put the game away for the Maple Leafs with less than two minutes remaining.

James van Riemsdyk scored twice, and Cody Franson and Phil Kessel each had two assists for Toronto, whose most recent playoff appearance was in 2004, when it lost in the second round.

Jakob Silfverberg had the goal for the Senators. Anderson turned away 18 of 22 shots, and his three-game winning streak ended.

Reimer continues to have the Senators' number; he's 8-1-1 lifetime against the divisional rival.