Bruins beat Leafs, force Game 7

Let's not take that as a bad omen heading into Game 7. The Maple Leafs have now lost six straight road Game 7s.

The post-season script was slightly different this time for Toronto, but in the end no less heartbreaking. The Maple Leafs are just 4-7 over their 11 most recent games.

"It's a new set of circumstances", Leafs forward John Tavares, who was signed as a free agent last offseason, told The Canadian Press after Game 6. "It's still sinking in that we won't be doing that".

The unfortunate part about the Game 6 loss was the fact that Frederik Andersen was brilliant and gave the Leafs every chance to get back into the game.

"It was a pretty hard-fought game", Boston captain Zdeno Chara said. "I don't carry a lot of stuff around from the past at all".

"Oh Mitch Marner- you can't".

Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly each had a goal and assist, Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots and the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7 on Tuesday night to wrap up their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

Already eliminated in the first round were the Tampa Bay Lightning, Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators, all thought to be Cup contenders. The TD Garden will definitely be rocking. "This is a feeling we've experienced two years in a row".

The Maple Leafs are the last Canadian team left standing and the final hope of ending the country's 26-year Stanley Cup drought.

The series was a back-and-forth slugfest featuring razor-thin margins.

Toronto tied the game 2-2 at 1:07 of the second period when a shot by Matthews from the right circle hit Rask and slipped under the goaltender's arm. Especially when you have the type of team and type of quality hockey club we have, the depth we have, you want to maximize that. The Bruins offence is still very lethal, as Toronto recalled from this time last spring. "Two two-goal leads at home within the same game is kind of a tough one to swallow".

The quote: "Not the way we saw it going". Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner was a minus-5 on the night. There were no goals scored in the first period as neither team could figure a way past each others' goalies. Previous year in the first round, Boston won Game 7 at home 7-4.

Game 6 is Sunday (3 p.m. EDT NBC in U.S.; Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports in Canada) in front of a Toronto crowd eager to see its team advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

But if Toronto is to win, best it stick to what brought them this far. We want him back next year.

It's premature to say that the Leafs have finally figured out how to be successful in the playoffs.

High-Danger Scoring Chance Share: Toronto 51.8%.

"Nothing matters about the past, so we are not going to look at anything that has happened in the past and expect it to play out tomorrow, or next game" said Marchand.

Toronto opened the scoring at 9:42 of the opening period on Rielly's first of the playoffs.

The story: Boston rallies from a 4-1 deficit with three goals in less than 10 minutes in the third period. "It's not easy. We will get prepared to really push". So this is obviously a feeling we've experienced two years in a row.

"If we're feeling it, we always have the green light", said defenseman Torey Krug, speaking about the freedom the No. 1 unit enjoys after being responsible for a power-play goal scored more than a minute and 30 seconds into a man advantage try.

  • Julie Sanders