Published: Mon, April 22, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Marchand, Bruins top Maple Leafs to force Game 7

Marchand, Bruins top Maple Leafs to force Game 7

"I thought we were really ready, we were jumping, big time", said Leafs' coach Mike Babcock. "But then, as soon as we had a little adversity and they scored twice, we didn't recover".

"Yeah, after that first one we got together, we just knew there was a lot of game left".

Chalk it up to another missed opportunity for Toronto, the second time in three games of this series that a bad period and a half has given way to a furious final comeback that falls just short.

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For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is 2-3 with a 2.64 GAA and.922 save percentage. Not past year, not 2013, not even games one through six.

The Bruins finally scored an empty-netter in the final minutes to get the two-goal win.

Boston tied it on a man advantage 1:41 later when Marchand snapped his third goal of the series on a shot off a scrambled draw that hit Leafs defenseman Ron Hainsey and beat Andersen between the legs. Torey Krug's follow-up goal was off a rebound, but in the end would look like a dagger right to the Leafs' heart.

After a dominating second period, the Bruins survived a third period push by the Maple Leafs.

"We've got a lot of character", Marchand said of his team's demeanour after falling behind.

"Tonight we got back to our guns, and we were able to score". Auston Matthews leads the team in goals with four lamplighters and leads the team in points with five. So you hope that your veteran guys get that message across. We weren't as good as we could have been for a stretch of 30 minutes there.

After Morgan Rielly opened the scoring 9:42 into the first period, the Bruins didn't let the early deficit faze them, instead finding their game and carrying the majority of the play for the remainder of the contest.

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The same way Boston brought the game to Toronto in the second was reciprocated by the Leafs with a dominant third. His fifth goal of the series came on a ideal shot that went post and in.

By comparison, the Leafs' power-play allotment from Game 6 is totally disproportionate from how it should look.

Frederik Andersen had 28 saves for Toronto.

"But I believe we can come back for sure".

This wasn't supposed to be where the Bruins found themselves after five games in the best-of-seven series, down one game and facing elimination at Scotiabank Arena. You get that confidence boost. But he figures his young team will discover the old axiom that the last win is the hardest.

"We know how they play". That's all. That's all that's on our mind right now is just one game.

It will be the fifth time the teams have played a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Boston has won three of them, including last season (7-4 at home). Washington had been set as a +100 underdog for Game 4, and has now lost four of its last seven outings.

Toronto went 0-for-2 on the kill Sunday, the second time in three games that Boston has been flawless on the power play. And Rask made the timely save when needed to backstop the Bruins to the 4-2 victory in Game 6.

On the other hand, the Leafs have struggled to consistently get their own power play going.

The Bruins are 2-3 against the spread and 1-1 on the road. But on Sunday, Rielly played like maybe he should have been. The Bruins have taken two games against Leafs here in Toronto on the year overall, so this series is far from over. "You go after it, and it's the toughest game to win because they're desperate".

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