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They Played A Game In Toronto Last Night

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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

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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

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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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Done Again In Columbus

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Capitals set up another heartbreaking, second-round loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins by first taking care of the Jackets. The Caps capped the series with a 6-3 victory Monday night in Game 6 before a crowd that did not have enough beer at Nationwide Arena. Oh, there was beer. But not enough.

The Capitals trailed two games to zip after dropping a pair at home last week. They came back and won four in a row, three at Nationwide. For what it’s worth, Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky came away confident that nobody will say he needs a psychologist anymore. I’ll just leave that there.

The Jackets have been in business for nearly 20 years and they have yet to win a Stanley Cup playoff series. A lot of people — within and without the locker room — thought maybe this was the year. Hope was further stoked after the Jackets took the aforementioned two-zip lead with a pair of overtime victories at Capital One Arena....

To me, Game 3 stands above all. You talk about what if, what if, what if — what if the Jackets take a three-zip lead in the series with a victory at Nationwide? Man, all the struggles the fans have gone through with this franchise would have been washed away with just one more goal in the first overtime, or the second, on April 17, 2018.

Maybe next year.

more, basically breaking down the series game by game...

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

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Video- The Best From The NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Games On Monday Night

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2 games, 2 minutes of action.


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NHL Short Notes

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The Capitals advanced to the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a Game 6 victory over the Blue Jackets and the Maple Leafs pushed their best-of-seven series with the Bruins to a seventh and deciding game.

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We Will Have One Game 7 On Wednesday Night

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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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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

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via Sportsnet,

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean praise the efforts of Sean Couturier battling through injury, Nashville Predators' Austin Watson and Colton Sissons, and the Winnipeg Jets' playoff chances.


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Open Post- The Toronto Maple Leafs And Columbus Blue Jackets Need A Win To Force Game 7

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So what do you think, how many game 7's will we have on Wedensday?

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Daniel Cleary - Detroit’s Good Luck Charm?

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from Dan Cleary of the Detroit Free Press,

Daniel Cleary will know before anyone else with the Detroit Red Wings if they get lucky.

Cleary, the Red Wings' player development assistant, will be the Wings man in the room Saturday in Toronto when the NHL holds the draft lottery to determine where this year’s non-playoff teams will pick in the first round of June’s draft. Cleary, along with other teams’ lottery witnesses, will not have any means of communication and will be sequestered until the news is revealed while televised.

General manger Ken Holland will be the Wings’ representative during the TV show. The expected format is the NHL first will announce the teams that pick from 15th to sixth, then taking a break before coming back to announce which team picks fifth, then fourth, then third, then first. 


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