Everything goes out the window come playoffs. The postseason is an entirely different animal.
On Monday evening, the Winnipeg Jets were finally able to determine who they will be playing in the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. After wrapping up their four-game sweep of the Edmonton Oilers early Tuesday morning, the Jets had to wait four hours short of a week to know if they would be playing the division-leading Toronto Maple Leafs or the fourth-place Montreal Canadiens.
Much like that of Edmonton, Toronto held a sizeable advantage over its first round opponent, having won nearly every game between the two clubs in the regular season. After dropping the first game of the series, the Leafs came out and won three-straight, pulling ahead three games to one through four games.
But then back-to-back overtime losses to the Habs had the Leafs on their toes heading into a deciding Game 7. Montreal goaltender Carey Price brought his best stuff of the series, holding Toronto to just one goal – a William Nylander strike with just 1:36 to play with Jack Campbell on the bench for the extra attacker late in the game.
Beating the best team in the North 3-1 and 4-3 in the opening round series, Montreal will now travel to Winnipeg, where the third-place Jets will play as the host team in the second round series, after eight full days off between games.
Beginning with games at Bell MTS Place on Wednesday and Friday, the Jets will then travel to Quebec for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Monday. Game 5 and 7 would be in Winnipeg if necessary, while Game 6 would be in Montreal, again, if required.
The full second round schedule is listed below: