It was never going to be easy for the Boston Bruins. They blew away the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first two games of their opening-round series, but the spirited Leafs have forced Game 7, which will be played at the Garden this Wednesday at 7:30 PM ET on NESN. Odds are pending at press time.
The Maple Leafs, who finished fifth overall in the league this year with a plus-45 goal differential, have roared back to life with victories in Games 3, 5 and 6. Goaltender Frederik Andersen stood on his head for the Leafs in all three of those wins, making up for his poor performance earlier in the series. Tuukka Rask was strong in Monday’s 3-1 loss to Toronto (+105 at home), but the Bruins, who tied for third overall in goal differential at plus-56, couldn’t solve Andersen at the other end.
On the injury front, forward Leo Komarov (seven goals, 12 assists) took the pre-game skate for Toronto on Monday, but didn’t play in Game 6 and doesn’t appear to be in the plans for Wednesday. Otherwise, the Leafs are healthy for the most part, as are the Bruins heading into Game 7.