Game 7 is Wednesday in Boston, with the victor taking on Tampa Bay in the next round. But no swagger, either. There's one game left to figure it out, and last night the B's were over-thinking a bit with some over-passing. The Caps took the last four games after dropping two straight at home. Toronto is 12-10 and 5-9 on the road. Boston held a 62-33 edge in scoring chances.
While there is every reason to believe Andersen will continue his excellence in Game 7 at the TD Garden, holding the Bergeron line without a point for a third consecutive game is a far less certain proposition.
So what do you do when you when you seem to have such an extreme territorial edge but aren't getting the results to match it? The Leafs fought back from a 3-1 deficit to force the series to its limit. "Being in a do-or-die position, I think we all embrace that as a team". We've got to be better. "We've got to figure that out". We had to stick with it, we were only down a goal in the third period and one shot can make a difference. The Patrice Bergeron line was just unlucky especially David Pastrnak who could just not get the puck to go in. Ryan Hobart of Maple Leafs Nation has the post-game recap. He then gave the Caps a two-goal lead with a one-timer from the left circle on a power play. It would be a lot easier to sleep on Monday night knowing that the Bruins had already advanced to the next round of the playoffs. Wingels' effort level was high, as it always is, but all the effort in the world isn't going to grant him great skill. DeBrusk has become a much better player as the season has progressed.
If you're a Toronto sports fan, Wednesday is the biggest day on the sporting calendar. The Maple Leafs are trying to advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2003-04 season. And "all of a sudden" doesn't reek of confidence.
Two second-period goals from Capitals star Alex Ovechkin proved decisive, handing Washington a 3-1 lead after the Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno had cancelled out Dmitry Orlov's opener for the Caps.
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They lost the first two games in Boston.
Mitche Marner added another goal 11 minutes later. He's quick, focused and locked into Boston's offensive tactics.
MLSE announced Tuesday that Maple Leaf Square will be a combined tailgate featuring the Raptors on the main screen outside the arena, while also hosting a Leafs viewing party with screens at the end of Bremner Boulevard at York Street. "It nearly gets us going, too, and makes you want to quiet them down". "When you're ready to play, you have a chance to get in".
"I think our veteran guys, when you look at what Patty Marleau has done for us, what Ron Hainsey has done for us, those are unbelievable acquisitions by Lou [Lamoriello] this summer to improve our team", Babcock said. The big-game experience can't hurt. Boston had difficulty in the neutral zone and entering the Leafs zone.