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NHL: Toronto return to Stanley Cup playoffs

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James van Riemsdyk scored twice and James Reimer notched 49 saves Saturday to help the Toronto Maple Leafs clinch their first NHL playoff berth since 2004 with a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

"This is unbelievable," Reimer said. "This is the hockey you always want to play and dream of when you're growing up. And especially for our city, I know they're anxious for it. It's great to finally clinch."

Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri had one goal apiece for the Leafs, who had lost two straight.

With 55 points, the Maple Leafs are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, two poinst behind the Boston Bruins who have also secured their playoff berth.

Jakob Silfverberg scored Ottawa's lone goal, while Senators goalie Craig Anderson allowed all four Toronto goals.

Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said the team had focused throughout the lockout-shortened season on booking a playoff spot.

"We're trying to earn respect for our group," Carlyle said. "That, to me, is the most important thing. For us to qualify (for the playoffs), that's a feather in all the players' caps."

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