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Feel free to discussion the plays, the goals, the action from both games tonight.
from Seth Lakso of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
With a win-or-go-home Game 7 against the Bruins at TD Garden just hours away, Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul spoke confidently to members of the media from the team hotel in Boston Monday afternoon.
Lupul, who has three goals and one assist in the series, said the pressure is on the Bruins, who at one point held a three-games-to-one advantage in this first-round series.
“Everyone’s watching, the spotlight’s on,” Lupul said. “Every play is obviously a high-pressure play. It’s not a time to go out there and play tight. It’s time to not be afraid of the big moment and, obviously, you want to stick to our team game, but as individuals, it’s a great time to step up.
“We’ve won two in a row. The pressure is mostly on them. I don’t think a lot of people expected this game to even be happening, especially when we were down, 3-1.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
We only know this: The marvelous playoff series between the Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins will come to an end Monday night.
And suddenly, it may not be just about winning the game, and this hard-fought series with the Bruins, it’s about the possibilities that go beyond this Game 7. As premature as it may be explore what might have seemed impossible 14 days ago.
There is a Game 7, one win left to advance, one roll of the dice, one more night for complete effort, intelligence, great goaltending, the elements that add up to playoff success.
For the first time in the post-season, the Leafs have won a home game. For the first time in the playoffs, the Leafs have beaten the Bruins twice in a row. And now the challenge: A third win in a row. They still need three wins in four games at the TD Garden to advance to Round 2.
But everything is tilting in their direction.
All the momentum - if there is such a thing at playoff time - favours the Leafs.
If you missed the news last night, the Bruins were forced to spned last night in Toronto due to mechanical issues with the team plane. They are scheduled to leave Toronto at 9:00am ET this morning.
Toronto beats Boston 2-1 tonight to force a Game 7 in Boston tomorrow at 7:00pm ET.
Along with the New York Rangers against the Washington Capitals at 8:00pm ET, it should be quite the night for hockey.
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
The Maple Leafs’ mission in these playoffs is to boldly go where no Leafs team has gone before ... or at least not for the last nine years.
And, yes, with apologizes to William Shatner.
You would think heading into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Boston Bruins, the Leafs would be brimming with confidence over the prospect of playing back at the Air Canada Centre.
But so far in this series, for whatever reason, home ice has been, well, a disadvantage.
Of the five games played in this series, four have been won by the visiting team — the past four. For their part, the Leafs have yet to win at home, losing both at the ACC and winning two in Boston.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
The moment was immortalized precisely 43 years ago today.
Flashback to May 10, 1970, Boston Garden: The Boston Bruins are leading the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup final three games to nothing and looking for the sweep. The game is knotted at three and the teams are heading into overtime.
A mere 40 seconds into the extra frame, defenceman Bobby Orr works a give-and-go with forward Derek Sanderson and takes the puck to the net.
Orr beats Blues goaltender Glenn Hall just as he’s getting tripped by defenceman Noel Picard. Airborne and victorious, the greatest defenceman to play the game flings his arms to the heavens in celebration of his first Stanley Cup victory — and the home-team Bruins’ first in 29 years.
continued and watch the WBZ radio call of the goal below...
Boston wins 4-3 and now up 3-1 in the series over Toronto.
By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
Through three games, the Bruins have shown flashes of brilliance, proving themselves to be astonishingly brutal in protecting their own net from oncoming traffic--be it both pucks and bodies--and vicious in their ability to turn the slightest Maple Leaf error into a turnover and a Boston goal.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I looked down from the press box Monday night during the national anthems, an electric atmosphere rocking Air Canada Centre before Game 3.
I wondered in particular what was going through Jaromir Jagr's mind. I was picturing the future Hall of Famer soaking it all in, wanting to make sure he enjoyed these types of moments as his spectacular career nears its final few laps.
And I was right.
"It's funny you ask me the question," Jagr said. "I was actually thinking about it during the national anthem. I'm not going to play many more games. Hopefully I might play a year, maybe two. I would love to. …
"It was pretty special, especially in Toronto and Canada where people love hockey so much. Even in our city in Boston. It's something you have to enjoy. It's special. It's kind of an extra bonus for a hockey player just to be part of that."
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Tyler Bozak says the Boston Bruins are cheating.
He is, too. But the Bruins are cheating better. And that’s a big reason why the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 5-2 on Monday to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their best-of-7 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference quarter-final.
“They’re the best team in the league at them (faceoffs),” said Bozak. “They’ve got the best guy in the league. (Patrice) Bergeron. It’s going to be hard to beat guys like that.
“Thought maybe they were cheating a little bit. So I tried to cheat. Your timing can be off by half a second. You’re going to have an off night. You’re not going to get away with mistakes in the circle with off-timing with the guys they have.
“I cheat, too. We all cheat. They were just cheating better.”
Bozak was tossed from the circle a number of times. The fans got on the linesmen continually. The parade out of the circle didn’t stop.
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