The Maple Leafs took the family picture in the morning, then closed their house for another season, unsure of who'll be back next autumn. With a string of messages to 'thank you for being the most loyal fans in sports', the Leafs departed the Air Canada Centre on the right note in Thursday's final home game. The 3-2 overtime win saw Dion Phaneuf put a Phil Kessel backboard rebound past Dwayne Roloson with 59 seconds to go after Jake Gardiner tied it with his second goal in as many games on a bold sweep around the opposing net. Ben Scrivens earned the win and gave the Leafs points in three straight starts, with the crowd holding off its recent abuse of the Leafs when they struggled, even doing the wave at one point. "You want to have a positive impression on your fan base," coach Randy Carlyle said. "It was good to see us battle back." With one game to spare, the Leafs got the year's first winning goal from a defenceman, while for just the second time this season a blueliner scored in back-to-back games after Gardiner clicked in Buffalo. When the dressing room opened, club chairman Larry Tanenbaum was finishing a message of support to captain Phaneuf, who has felt the brunt of fan discontent.
Phaneuf keys Leafs in OT victory
Toronto Sun | Apr 6