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Open Post- Game 7 Toronto Maple Leafs On The Road Against The Boston Bruins

The Toronto Maple Leafs against the Boston Bruins

Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS and NESN.

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For All The Marbles Tonight

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

So long has it been since the Toronto Maple Leafs went on a true playoff run that some of their players have managed to carve out a respectable career without ever getting to experience one.

Tyler Bozak is at 611 games played as a Maple Leaf, Jake Gardiner 507. Next you have Nazem Kadri at 504 – the only difference between him and Gardiner being the three-game suspension he served during this series with the Boston Bruins – while James van Riemsdyk sits at 425 and Morgan Rielly 400.

None of them has been part of a second-round playoff series in Toronto, and each is a victory away from changing that heading into Wednesday’s Game 7 at TD Garden.

“I think you imagine it during the summer, during the season,” Rielly said Tuesday. “Then you get to this point in the season and you definitely draw from those thoughts and it makes you motivated, makes you want to go in there and play well.

“A big opportunity for a young group to do something special.”

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from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

"I don't think there's any panic at all in this group," Cassidy said. "We have to outplay Toronto for 60 minutes. I think we've done it for long stretches early in the series. Recently I think we've done it -- in the games we've lost, we've outplayed them.

"But we've got to do it for a full 60 minutes. That's usually the team that's going to win."

It's not as if the Bruins are being dramatically outplayed in the series. In most of the games, they've dominated the possession metrics and outshot the Maple Leafs. 

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added 10:27am, Chris Johnston with a TOI comparison during the series.

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Videos- The Last Time Toronto And Boston Played A Game 7

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

For Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri, it admittedly was one of the worst moments of his NHL career.

For Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, it was among the best of his.

When the Maple Leafs visit the Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS), it will be the teams' first playoff game against each other since Boston eliminated Toronto in seven games in the first round in 2013.

But the Bruins did more than win the series. They made history and broke the Maple Leafs' hearts. Down by three goals 5:29 into the third period of Game 7, Boston rallied for a 5-4 overtime win, becoming the first NHL team to win Game 7 after trailing by three in the third.

"Lesson learned," Kadri said. "You take what happened and understand how to better handle that situation if it comes up again.

"We have young guys on this team who were still in school back then. This is a different team."

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Videos from that night are below...

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They Played A Game In Toronto Last Night

from Tara Sullivan of the Boston Globe,

A disappointing night for the Bruins.

No doubt about it.

Another chance to close out this opening-round playoff series with the Maple Leafs, another loss, this time by a 3-1 score at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Series all tied at 3-3 now, so Game 7 here we come, a win-or-go-home showdown Wednesday night at TD Garden for the right to keep on playing for the Stanley Cup.

But at least for a night, let’s refrain from using some of the words often associated with losses like this, words drawn from the outside world and framed over our sporting obsessions, borrowed from lexicons that really don’t belong on fields of play. This was not devastating. It was not a tragedy. It was not a battle waged nor a war lost.

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added 8:51pm, Below, watch Mike Babcock post-game.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Force Game 7 Against The Boston Bruins

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

They talked about it before the game. Of course they did. That was all they talked about. A man had murdered 10 of our people on a sunny afternoon and injured 15 more, so the Toronto Maple Leafs woke up from their naps and went to the rink and talked about it, like everyone else. They live here, too. Game 6 could have been postponed, playoffs and all.

But there are a few things that bind together this great cacophonous project of a city, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of them, and this part of the city went on. The Leafs played Game 6 against the Boston Bruins Monday night, trying to stave off a first-round elimination for the second straight year. Outside the arena police were in their usual posts, watching a little more carefully. People streamed through Union Station, holding doors or bumping elbows. Maple Leaf Square was deemed full three hours before the game. Across the city, on patios or in bars or at home, people put the game on. This is a part of what we do.

And inside, they passed the test. The Leafs led 2-1 heading into the third period, with goals from two of their three young stars. In Game 5, the third period was an anxious, jittery hell. The Leafs fumbled passes, broke up their own breakouts, and spent the period trying to fend off the Bruins. They barely managed to hold it together.

This time, though, this time they just played, with poise and smarts, and they came closer to a third goal than Boston did to a second. First it was William Nylander — who scored the Leafs’ opening goal, followed by Mitch Marner, with Auston Matthews having one disallowed — then Kasperi Kapanen, then Matthews. Goaltender Frederik Anderson held the fort early, and closed the door late. Toronto added an empty netter.

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Game highlights are below.

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We Will Have One Game 7 On Wednesday Night

The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 to force a game 7 in Boston.

The Washington Capitals defeated the Columbus Bleu Jackets 6-3 to win the series 4-2.  It will be Caps/Pens in round 2.

added 10:33pm, Washington/Columbus handshakes can be watched below alog with the game highlights.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Survive To Force A Game 6 Against The Boston Bruins

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

On Saturday night, facing the Boston Bruins in an elimination Game 5, the Toronto Maple Leafs were ready. They scored, then again in the first period. When Boston cut the lead in half, Toronto responded right away. The Leafs added a power-play goal, and it was still the second period. It was 4-1.

And then it was 4-2, and 4-3, and there were reams of time left, not like 2013. There was so much time, and the Bruins were coming like the Leafs were food. In the third period, the Bruins attempted 38 shots. For the game, the Leafs attempted 39.

“We just survived,” said defenceman Ron Hainsey, who played a team-high 26:06 in Toronto’s 4-3 win. “Just happy we won, man. Just got another day tomorrow, Monday, and we go from there. It was not pretty. Way too many penalties, obviously. Way too much time in our end once we got the 4-1 lead. But we held on. Freddie was great.”

Frederik Andersen did finally have a game in this series with 42 saves, and he was Toronto’s best player. For half the night, the Leafs delivered everything you could ask in an elimination game.

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Video- HNIC Feature On David Pastrnak

via Sportsnet,

David Pastrnak explains how his connection to his late father shaped the way he approaches the game of hockey.

 

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Could Not Win A Game They Needed

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

This is the game the Maple Leafs will look back at with all kinds of dismay, wondering how it was they let this playoff night and this playoff series with the Boston Bruins slip away.

This is that defeat. The one that shouldn’t have happened. The one that will hurt like hell in June and July and August.

This was the game they let get away, when the Bruins weren’t great but were opportunistic enough to win, when too many Maple Leafs players skated on the periphery and played the part of passenger, when they gave away another freebie goal in the first minute of play and scored only once themselves in 60 minutes.

This was the night when the future of the Leafs — building a team around Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander — didn’t seem to be a very sound approach. In fairness to Marner, who did all the work on the only Toronto score in a 3-1 Game 4 loss, he was again the Leafs’ most dangerous forward.

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Below, watch the game highlights and Mike Babcock post-game.

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Brad Marchand Goes Nuts As A Three-Year Old

from Brad Marchand at The Players' Tribune,

If you like me, you’ll like this story.

If you hate me, you’ll love it.

It’s kind of a famous story in my family, and it’s probably the first thing I can remember. I was like three years old, and my dad had bought me this sick electric four-wheeler truck for my birthday. I’d always ride it around the cul-de-sac outside our house in Halifax like a maniac. It was yellow with blue seats, and it even had a horn and everything. It was unreal.

So one day I was hanging out with one of my little neighbor buddies, and I guess I got distracted or something, because the next thing I know, I turn around, and he’s in the truck, honking the horn, just lovin’ it.

So, of course, I go nuts.

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