Bruins score 4 in 3rd, knock out Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs fans open Game 6 with a powerful rendition of ‘O Canada

Toronto Maple Leafs fans open Game 6 with a powerful rendition of ‘O Canada

Wednesday's collapse won't rewrite any record books, but it hurts just the same.

After six games of the Bruins and Maple Leafs trading blow after blow, Boston striking early and Toronto clawing their way back, the first-round series between the two Original Six rivals comes down to Game 7.

Toronto has rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits in the series, which defenceman Jake Gardiner feels puts the pressure squarely on the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, though, insisted he felt good about his team's chances "because we were set up ideal going into the third".

"But for us, I guess going into it. we are battle-tested now, and we've got to bring that mentality into the next round". "There was one period to go". The Bruins played the Lightning three times since March 17, taking two and winning the season series 3-1.

That's where Jake and Freddie faltered: tie game, Game 7. Patrice Bergeron's overtime goal finished off perhaps the greatest comeback in team history with its 5-4 win.

"We needed something good to happen", Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.

In a one-game scenario, Babcock said the approach becomes a simple one.

"Uh, it went pretty well", he said with a laugh.

"It should be a lot of fun, let's embrace it".

The Boston Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round and will play the Tampa Bay Lightning.

If the Leafs didn't have stronger language for DeBrusk's first goal, they definitely did for his game-winner.

Pastrnak buried a feed from Bergeron to put Boston ahead, 6-4, at 11:39, while Marchand tallied an empty-net goal with 50.9 seconds to go to close out the win.

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"There's something inside of him that not many guys have", Krug said of the rookie.

But on an individual level, there may be something to be said for Tuukka Rask's performance. "Now that's been pushed back and gives us a little more time to regroup as a staff and just try and be really thorough on who our next opponent will be". William Nylander added two assists. They got back to their nuts and bolts and how they can play.

The netminder was brilliant in those outings, but wasn't at his best Wednesday. In both of his Game 7 appearances, too, Andersen has given up a goal in with seven minutes of the opening faceoff. Obviously you do [that] in a Game 7, but when you're down going into the third period against a team like that it's tough to overcome. "We were fresh. I thought we were the fresher team, and we were in the drivers' seat".

Not to be outdone, Boston countered on a power play of its own just over two minutes later - as DeBrusk tipped a slap pass from Pastrnak into twine for his fourth goal of the series at 4:47 in the first.

Controlling the puck in Toronto's zone, the Bruins lost the biscuit after Marchand was unable to corral it at the blue line - kicking off a foot race between the winger and Leafs forward Kasperi Kapanen.

"In both scenarios we were down 3-1 and came back", Gardiner said.

While last year's Leafs were just happy to make the playoffs, the 2017-18 edition expected to make some noise.

Gardiner was one of Toronto's best players in the 2013 Boston series as the seven games series turned into a coming out party for the young defender.

Then came two in his first-ever Game 7, and they weren't just big.

While Matthews garnered more attention from the Bruins than any other Leafs forward, the 20-year-old star didn't leave a mark on the series.

Rask played lights-out in Game 4, but his play in the next two games was poor. "We wanted to keep it going". Toronto had its moments, and fought gamely, but it would have been an upset had they pulled it off.

Matthews was left with just two points in the entire series and like most of his equally young teammates, realizing they still have much to learn about the National Hockey League post-season. "And then the second half of the series I had chances". "Just kind of keeping me in check at certain times I get frustrated".

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