• Stanley Cup Playoffs: Bruins defeat Maple Leafs in Game 7, 5-1

    By: David Souza


    BOSTON - FINAL: Bruins beat Maple Leafs in Game 7

    The Boston Bruins are set to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs' first round. The winner will advance to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, who downed the President's Trophy winning Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-0, while the other will see their season end.   

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    This will be the third time that Boston and Toronto have dueled in a Game 7 since 2013. During that seven-year stretch, the Bruins are 2-0 against the Leafs in series and Game 7s, winning in 2013 and 2018. In both instances, Boston rallied from third-period deficits to eliminate Toronto and advance to the next round. 

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    Toronto will look to win its first playoff series since 2004, while the Bruins will look to advance to the second round for the second time in as many seasons. The Maple Leafs have not won the Stanley Cup since 1967. 

    Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. at Boston's TD Garden. 

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    FINAL: Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 1. The Boston Bruins advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

    9:32 p.m.: After a bit of uncertainty, it is announced that Patrice Bergeron's goal at 19:59 does count, giving the Bruins a 5-1 win over Toronto in Game 7.

    9:30 p.m.: Charlie Coyle buries an empty-net goal with 2:34 to go to make it 4-1 Bruins. 

    9:12 p.m.: The Bruins kill off the too-many-men penalty.

    9:10 p.m.: The Leafs head back to the powerplay as the Bruins are whistled for too many men on the ice -14:40 to go in the contest with the Bruins ahead, 3-1.

    9:06 p.m.: Sean Kuraly rips a shot past Anderson into the top right corner to take a 3-1 lead with 17:13 to go in the contest. Kuraly entered the offensive zone 1-on-1 and unleashed a shot from the high slot over the left shoulder of Anderson. 

    9:00 p.m.: The third period has begun between the Bruins and Leafs. Boston leads 2-1.

    8:45 p.m.: At the end of two periods, the Bruins lead the Maple Leafs, 2-1. Toronto out shot Boston, 13-8, in the second period for a two-period total of 25-19 in favor of the Leafs. 

    8:27 p.m.: The Boston Celtics were in attendance at TD Garden to watch the Bruins in their attempt to move on to the second round. The C's defeated the Indiana Pacers, 4-0, in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

    8:25 p.m.: The Bruins killed off the penalty to Brandon Carlo. They lead 2-1 with 9:05 remaining in the second period. 

    8:22 p.m.: Toronto will have the first powerplay of the game as Brandon Carlo gets sent off for cross checking with 11:38 to go in the second period. 

    8:19 p.m.: Frederick Anderson comes up with a big save, stoning Brad Marchand as he tries to tuck the puck in on the right side. The Denmark native, however, slides the end of his pad to the post, keeping the puck out. 

    8:13 p.m.: John Tavares buries a feed from Tyler Ennis to make it 2-1 Boston with 16:02 remaining in the second period.

    8:08 p.m.: The second period is underway at TD Garden, with the Bruins leading the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-0. 

    7:52 p.m.: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady weighed in with his thoughts while watching the first period of Bruins-Leafs Game 7.

    7:50 p.m.: At the end of the first period, the Bruins lead the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-0.

    7:47 p.m.: Marcus Johansson converts a wrap-around bid to make it 2-0 Bruins with just over two minutes to go in the first period. The former New Jersey Devil wristed a shot in the low slot past Anderson's far side after Charlie Coyle stripped the puck from a Maple Leaf behind the net. 

    7:41 p.m.: Goal reads: Nordstrom (Grzelcyk, Kuraly), 14:29

    7:38 p.m.: Boston takes a 1-0 lead with 5:29 left in the first period on a goal from Joakim Nordstrom.

    7:28 p.m.: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask with a flurry of saves around the 10 minute mark as the Bruins and Leafs battle for the game's first goal.

    7:00 p.m.: Game 7 has begun at TD Garden. 

    6:00 p.m.: The Bruins teased who would be their honorary captain for Game 7, leaving a series of hints for their online fans. (Hint: The answer is Julian Edelman). 

    4:00 p.m.: The Bruins posted a hype video for their viewers on their official twitter page. 

    2:45 p.m.: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will tie an NHL record tonight when he playes in his 13th Game 7, according to the NHL. 

    12:00 p.m.: Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy announced that there will be no changes to the Bruins lineup for Game 7, meaning that David Backes and Chris Wagner will not play for Boston. Rookie Karson Kuhlman will be dressed for the game. 

    In their Game Notes, the Bruins posted their anticipated line rushes for Game 7:

    Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Danton Heinen
    Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - David Pastrnak
    Marcus Johansson - Charlie Coyle - Karson Kuhlman
    Joakim Nordstrom - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari

    Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
    Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
    John Moore - Matt Grzelcyk

    Tuukka Rask
    Jaroslav Halak

    Bruins captain Zdeno Chara posted on Instagram a day before the Bruins begin their Game 7 battle. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady commented, "#madeforthis go bruins!!!" shortly afterwards.



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