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Maple Leafs make the playoffs - in video game simulation

A simulation using EA Sports' "NHL 12" video game has the Pittsburgh Penguins winning the Stanley Cup, aided by Sidney Crosby's comeback.

The made-in-Canada video game sees Crosby returning after 17 games and leading the Pens to second place in the East.

Pittsburgh defeats Chicago four games to two in the Cup final with Crosby earning the Conn Smythe Trophy.

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Vancouver wins the Presidents' Trophy again, with 114 points, but loses the Western Conference final to Chicago in seven games.

The simulation is good news for Maple Leafs fans, since Toronto finishes eighth in the East to make the playoffs.

The Canadiens just miss out, placing ninth, while Winnipeg is 11th and Ottawa 14th in the East. Edmonton finishes 13th in the West, just ahead of Calgary.

The simulation sees the defending champion Bruins losing to Philadelphia in the first round in five games.

The game is developed in Burnaby, B.C.

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