Leafs down Bruins to force Game 7 in Boston

Maple Leafs' dramatic line shuffling for Game 5 helps them stave off elimination

The series has echoes of the Leafs-Bruins showdown from 2013, with Toronto rallying from a three-games-to-one deficit to force the seventh game.

Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy isn't sweating a Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, even if the pressure to not blow a 3-1 series lead lingers.

"Enjoying a session of post-Manaea group therapy lmao #GoBruins", Ramirez tweeted Monday.

The crowd at Toronto's Air Canada Centre held a moment of silence ahead of an National Hockey League game Monday night in honor of the deadly van attack in the city earlier in the day.

Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen makes one of his 32 saves in the Leafs' Game 6 victory on Monday. William Nylander collected a rebound in the crease and had a wide open net behind goalie Tuukka Rask to shoot at.

Rask followed that up by stopping Matthews on another 2-on-1 off a pass from Plekanec before Plekanec sealed the win with an empty-netter with 1:14 to play. Nine people were killed, and many others injured, when a man drove a van into unsuspecting pedestrians on a sidewalk of one of the city's major streets.

After a scoreless first period, there were three goals in the opening minutes of the second, yet only two counted.

Andersen has thrived on a heavy workload this season, facing 2,211 shots (the most of any goalie in the NHL) and the Leafs have been able to win in spite of their defense yielding numerous chances (30 of the Leafs' 49 wins came when they were outshot). Andersen — who recorded 42 stops in a 4-3 victory in Game 5 on Saturday — made great saves off Rick Nash, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron to keep things level.

Jake DeBrusk had his third goal of the playoffs for the Bruins. The Maple Leafs did a great job balancing this game out in the final period.

Anthem singer Martina Ortiz-Louis was also joined by the sold-out crowd at the Air Canada Centre during her rendition of "O Canada".

Mitch Marner scored what turned out to be game-winning goal at 13:25 of the second period and the Leafs protected it from there.

In the three Toronto victories, Boston has been relentless in its attack, outshooting the Leafs and dominating possession, but Andersen has come out on top. But Nylander finally showed up in the series at an opportune time, as he knocked in a fat rebound 35 seconds later to tie the score with his first goal of the series.

But Toronto forward Connor Brown had a wonderful penalty-killing shift and Plekanec had a key shot block.

Over the past two games the Maple Leafs have been getting it.

Boston took control of the period from there as Toronto could barely get out of its own zone or complete a clean breakout.

Marner backhanded in the go-ahead goal through Rask's five hole with 6:35 left in the middle period.

With four of the six games going to overtime, Washington should be grateful that Toronto forced a Game 7 to give the Caps a couple extra days before what will likely be another exhausting series against the Penguins....for the third straight year.



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