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The Boston Bruins Win Game 7

from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

They sang Wednesday, full-throated, relief and happiness and exuberance pouring out of them with every word.

Long after the music stopped, the puck had gone back into play, the crowd at TD Garden found release, where minutes earlier they had found only nerves, only worry, only concern that this would be the end of the season.

No longer. Now they believed. Now they sang, a full extra verse of Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" as play continued on the ice. Now they knew.

They were celebrating, in the way that Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug celebrated after his third-period, game-tying goal, arms extended and face up, basking in the moment. They were celebrating in the way Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk celebrated after his third-period, game-winning goal, having lost his balance in the very moment he pushed the puck past Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen.


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The Toronto Maple Leafs On Their Game 7 Loss

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

From Morgan Rielly, with his lip busted up after taking a Zdeno Chara shot to the face. From Auston Matthews, who fired a team-best 27 shots on goal but only beat Tuukka Rask once. From Connor Brown, who said only “tough one” while shaking broadcaster Joe Bowen’s hand in the hallway and walking off into the night.

“I’m not really commenting on anything. I didn’t go in like I normally do and go through the replays or that,” said coach Mike Babcock, letting his foot off the gas for the first time all season. “We’re done. So, we’ll have lots of time to look at those goals and get that figured out. The bottom line is we went out for the third period and they scored and we didn’t.

“Once they scored, they tilted the rink and I don’t even know how many looks we had if we had any.”


from Bruce Arther of the Toronto Star,

Jake Gardiner looked like he wouldn’t sleep for a long time, like his stomach would feel hollow and bottomless through some long summer nights. The defenceman ran his hand through his hair, stared into space, tried to say it honestly. Tough night.

“Yeah, it was not the way we saw it going,” said Gardiner, after the Toronto Maple Leafs blew their third lead of the night in the third period and lost Game 7 to the Boston Bruins, 7-4. “Had a lead going into the third period, and personally I got to be better. A lot of this game is on me. And it’s just not good enough, especially in a game like this. It’s the most important game of the season, and I didn’t show up. There’s not much I can say, really.”

It wasn’t all Gardiner’s fault, even if that’s what some people will howl. In the biggest game of the season, goaltender Frederik Andersen failed as well: the first two goals in the third period weren’t goals a Stanley Cup goaltender should let in, and his save percentage for the series was .860.


Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun on Auston Matthews below...

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The Boston Bruins Will Head To Tampa…

... to play round 2, game 1 on Saturday afternoon.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will fly home.

Final score, Boston 7 Toronto 4.

added 10:43pm, Watch the handshake line below.

added 11:00pm, Game highlights are below.

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Video- Brad Marchand Ducks, Morgan Rielly Doesn’t

Rielly went to the room.


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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.”

read on

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. 


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."


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.


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.


Game highlights are below.

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Morning Line- Steve Simmons

The Leafs advanced to Game 7 Monday night in a series it looked like they were out of just a few days ago.

They remain alive.

The city is in pain.

And too many lives have been lost.

It’s hard to feel like celebrating hockey or anything else right now. It’s just hard.

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun where you can read more on this topic.

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