Maple Leafs force Game 7

  • Maple Leafs force Game 7

Maple Leafs force Game 7

With its second chance to close out the series, Boston once again couldn't clinch a spot in the Eastern Conference semifinals - falling to Toronto, 3-1, at the Air Canada Centre Monday night.

Maple Leaf goalie Frederik Andersen posted 32 saves during game 6 to help Toronto force Boston into game 7.

The Bruins however were determined to claim the win they needed to advance, and took the lead in the second period with a goal from Jake DeBrusk. The Leafs tied it just 35 seconds later when Toronto's William Nylander buried a rebound off a Jake Gardiner shot from the point for his first goal of the playoffs. Eller added an empty-net goal with 14 seconds left.

With someone like Andersen on their team, Toronto has a solid chance to win the series.

"I think if anybody would have told us at the start of the year we'd be in Game 7, first round at home, we'd take it", said Marchand, who was held off the scoresheet in Game 6.

We all know how that series ended five years ago, with the Bruins authoring quite the comeback in the third period a few weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing.

Though you saw no evidence of it on the scoreboard at the time, never did the Leafs seem to be reeling so badly as in the last six or seven minutes of the first period. Leafs defenceman Roman Polak rocked Pastrnak twice in succession in a corner only to see him bounce up and keep playing.

Their first line has been stifled.

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When it comes to Game 7 experience, nobody on the Toronto Maple Leafs has more than their $50-million coach. The puck's going to get dropped and who's going to execute early and get on top of the other team?

Boston finished Monday's game with a whopping 62 shot attempts to the Leafs' 33, according to Natural Stat Trick.

In a one-game scenario, Babcock said the approach becomes a simple one.

He needed a little luck on the Bruins' most risky chance of the period. We will get to whose to blame in a second. "It's tough to get anything by him".

After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the Bruins got on the board just 1:02 into the middle stanza, with DeBrusk taking the puck from David Krejci and firing in a shot that slipped past Frederik Andersen for his third goal of the series. The Bergeron trio did everything but score, which has been a common theme after the first two games of the series ... Blowing the zone without knowing the Bruins had the puck might have been fine in a January game against Arizona, but not in the playoffs. Zach Hyman knocked it into the net as he was falling to the ice.

The Bruins could be bolstered by the return of rookie defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who missed Game 3 with a lower-body injury suffered in Game 2. Just one day after saying he didn't think his team was having problems generating offense (the Bruins scored on three of 45 shots in Game 5), Bruce Cassidy made a decision to weaken his offense by scratching Danton Heinen and replacing him with Tommy Wingels.

The Leafs then took an unlikely lead completely against the run of play with 6:35 left in the period when Marner was quickest to a loose puck in the slot and beat Rask with a backhand to the far post after Marchand couldn't clear. "We're lucky to live in such a fantastic city, great first responders and the work they've done".

NOTES: The Maple Leafs fell behind the Bruins 3-1 the last time the clubs met in the playoffs back in 2013 before tying the series 3-3 with back-to-back 2-1 victories. By all accounts, the Bruins outplayed the Leafs and were able to pull to within one.