Andersen leads Maple Leafs in win over Bruins to force Game 7

Lynette Rowe
April 24, 2018

Ovechkin put back a rebound of a shot by Brooks Orpik to make it 2-1 with 7:10 left in the second, the 50th playoff goal of the Russian stars career. Columbus's Foligno didn't give up though, scoring his second of the night, but Lars Eller flung it from the defensive zone to seal it with the empty netter with 13.9 seconds left. Yes, Polak's actions negated a Leafs power play as both he and Backes went off for roughing, but nothing wrong with a player taking a stand for his goalie - who just happens to be the Leafs' best player. He's been the key for the Maple Leafs in a series that probably could have been over after five games with anyone else in net. Columbus switched up its bottom three lines under Panarin-Dubois-Atkinson, moving Calvert — who has had three goals in the series — up from the third to the second. With boos raining down as he crossed the blue line, Kadri slithered a pass down low to Johnsson, who cut behind McAvoy before beating Rask for the rookie's first playoff goal.

The team that had scored the first goal had won each of the first five games of the series before Monday. They also trailed 1-0 early in the second period of this one. Nikita Zaitsev had two assists, while Plekanec added one of his own. Boston's Tuukka Rask had 27 saves. That forced a seventh and deciding game in their National Hockey League first-round best-of-seven series on Wednesday night in Boston.

On Monday afternoon, a man drove a rental van down the sidewalk of Yonge Street in northern Toronto. Fifteen others were injured.

William Nylander beat him at 1:37 to tie the game 35 seconds after Jake Debrusk opened the scoring for Boston.

The Leafs appeared to go ahead at 3:04 when Zach Hyman beat Rask with a no-look backhand as he fell to the ice. 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. Another came on the game-winning goal from Mitch Marner.

Neither team could capitalize on power play opportunities early in the third.

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Rask then robbed Nylander off a great feed from Matthews. If the Bruins want to advance to the next round, they'll need their Finnish netminder to step up his game and do better on shots that can be stopped. Plekanec then scored into the empty net to give the fans inside and outside the Air Canada Centre some relief. Boston was ousted in six games by the Ottawa Senators.

The crowd chanted "Fred-die" through much of the third period, while Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen faced 33 shots overall.

Marchand came close when his shot off another turnover struck the inside of Andersen's pad and bounced out the other side.

It made for a long summer, wondering what could have been if he was the player he knew he could be in that series. The organization said that they are working closely with the Toronto Police Service to ensure the safety of all fans at the arena, as well as those gathering in Maple Leaf Square for the tailgate events.

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.

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