Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Game 6: Live Score, Updates and Analysis
The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins by a 2-1 score in Game 6 of their quarterfinal series to force a series-deciding Game 7 back in Boston on Monday night.
The game was scoreless until the third period, but the Leafs started out-skating and out-hitting the Bruins late in the second period.
In the third period, Nazem Kadri threw a shot at the net and Dion Phaneuf tipped it past Tuukka Rask to make it 1-0 Leafs.
Later in the third period, the Bruins got stuck on the ice after an icing call. Cody Franson let the shot go from the point and Phil Kessel pounced on the loose puck in front of the net, backhanding the puck over an spread-eagle Tuukka Rask for a 2-0 lead.
Milan Lucic broke James Reimer's shut out with 24.5 seconds left in the game, but it wasn't enough for the Bruins.
For the Bruins, this game was all about giving the puck away and losing the 50-50 puck battles. The Bruins had 18 giveaways to the Leafs' 17 giveaways, but the Leafs led the takeaway battle 17-5, being a lot more hungry for the puck.
Game 7 will be Monday night in Boston at 7:30 p.m. ET. The winner moves on to the second round of the playoffs.
Final score: Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Boston Bruins 1.
Per NHL.com, If the Leafs win tomorrow night, they will be just the 21st team to come back in the history of the NHL when being down 3-1 in a series.
For Boston fans, this has to bring back some bad memories. The Bruins have blown 3-1 series leads twice in the playoffs over the past decade.
In 2010, the Bruins led a series 3-0 to lose 4-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers.
In 2004, the Bruins blew a 3-1 series lead to lose 4-3 to the Montreal Canadiens.
Could the Maple Leafs make it three times in a decade?
Plain and simple, the Leafs out-lasted the Bruins in this game. Watching this game, the Bruins started fading just over halfway through the second period.
The Leafs really started taking the game to the Bruins for the rest of the game and that manifested itself in two goals.
The Leafs hung on to win 2-1 for the second straight game.
The Leafs hold on to force Game 7, winning 2-1 on home ice for their first home playoff victory in nine years.
Bruins draw to within one goal with 24.5 seconds to go in the third period.
Lucic scores! tips it in with 24.5 on the clock. 2-1 game ^CS— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 13, 2013
Leafs miss on an empty-net goal with 1:14 to go in the game.
Under three minutes to go in the third period, Leafs holding on to their 2-0 lead.
Leafs lead the takeaway battle now, 17-5. Bruins now have 17 giveaways to the Leafs 16. That battle has really told the story of the game, with the Bruins being unable to get the pucks either out of their own end or onto the sticks of their teammates.
Eight minutes to go in regulation. Bruins genuinely look tired, trying to keep up with the Leafs in the third period.
These two goals for the Leafs in the third period stemmed back to the Leafs taking control of the game in the dying minutes of the second period.
The Bruins started to not skate as well, making it far easier for the Leafs to continue getting to the net.
Fundamentally speaking it seems that the Bruins should have an advantage on the Leafs because they are a bigger team and can keep them from getting to the net on a consistent basis.
This Game 6 has been a complete roll reversal on that front.
2-0 Leafs as Phil Kessel picks up some loose change in front of the net. Cody Franson let the shot go from the point after the Bruins ice the puck and couldn't change.
10 minutes to go in regulation.
Leafs had a chance to make it 2-0 on a two-on-one rush, but Johnny Boychuk stopped Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel to keep it a one goal game.
Correction, Dion Phaneuf is being credited with the tip-in goal on Kadri's shot.
Nazem Kadri shoots and scores with Dion Phaneuf standing in front of the net.
Third period underway in Toronto.
Who scores first? Will that goal be the winner?
Big difference with the end of that period was that Boston had four more giveaways. The teams now are tied in giveaways at 13 a piece.
Boston has to start skating better in the third period and keep the puck on their stick more. The Leafs need to be challenged more and not be given the puck or else Boston could see this game slip away and Game 7 would be left to chance with the winner moving on.
Second period ends in Toronto with the Leafs getting the bulk of the of the scoring chances as the period moved on.
The highlight was probably Tuukka Rask robing Dion Phaneuf with the glove save with 1.7 seconds left in the period to ensure that the game remained scoreless heading into the second intermission.
Glove save, Rask! 1.7 on the clock as Tuukka reads drive from Phaneuf and flashes the glove ^CS— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 13, 2013
Teams just take turns giving the puck away to each other. Toronto has 13 giveaways, while Boston has nine.
Both teams are far too skilled to be just given the puck by the opposition. Phil Kessel reminds Boston of this as he cuts in on an angle and fires a shot that almost picks the far, top corner of the goal.
Leafs with some good cycle action here in the Bruins' end, but the Boston continues to hold Toronto to the outside of the zone.
No traffic in front of Rask; the Leafs will need to work on that if they are to get any pucks past the Boston goaltender.
Well there are no goals on the scoreboard yet, but there is no lack of action to go around, as there are 63 hits between the two teams.
Couple of big hits in the last couple minutes.
Leafs coming on a bit here, offensively. Rask is forced to make a glove save on Phil Kessel, cutting down the wing.
Follow up shift shows Joffrey Lupul driving the puck to the net, as the Leafs keep the Bruins in their own zone.
The Bruins have been taking it to the Leafs here in the second period, with a shot advantage of 6-2, offensive-zone time advantage and putting up scoring chances left, right and center.
The crowd still hasn't been taken out of the game for the Leafs; that has to be a priority for the Bruins. Putting one past Reimer would quiet down the crowd a little bit from its current frenzy.
James Reimer making easy saves look difficult, as he gets stuck on one side of the post and has to dive to the other side with his paddle down to stop a Bruins' scoring chance.
Just over five minutes gone in the second period, still scoreless, though not for lack of scoring chances from Boston in the second period.
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