Toronto Maple Leafs: Big Win Earns Them a Boston Game 7 Showdown

Anthony FuscoCorrespondent IIIMay 13, 2013

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 12:  The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate Dion Phaneuf goal in front of Tuukka Rask #40 the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs May 12, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs aren't done yet.

Earlier this week, they were down three games to one against an experienced Boston Bruins team.

But the Leafs were resilient and won both Game 5 and Game 6 by a score of 2-1 to propel them into a pivotal Game 7 showdown Monday night in the Bruins' barn.

The win Sunday night was also extra special because it was the first Leafs playoff home win in nine years.

The Blue and White should be flying into Monday's game with momentum on their side as they have reeled off two huge wins against their opponents.

The most recent game remained scoreless through two periods with both teams having excellent scoring chances to put their team in front.

It wasn't until the beginning of the third that the first goal of the hockey game was scored. Nazem Kadri was able to fire off a blistering wrist shot that was tipped in front by Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.

Phil Kessel added to the Buds' lead when he stole a rebound in front of the net and tucked it in with a backhand over a sprawling Tuukka Rask.

Both goals had the Toronto bench and crowd energized as the third period began to wind down. But true to Boston fashion, the Bruins made a late push that had the Leafs scrambling until Milan Lucic finished off a slick pass from Jaromir Jagr to bring them within one.

It was too late for the B's. The Buds were able to hold on and preserve the win.

James Reimer was instrumental in helping his team win as he held down the fort when he was called upon. The netminder quietly went about his business and made some huge saves that allowed the Leafs to gain confidence and fight back.

Game 7 goes Monday night in Boston, and the Leafs couldn't be happier with the effort they have produced these last couple of games.

The Leafs need to make sure they do a few things in preparation for Game 7. They need to be sure to use their speed as often as possible.

The Blue and White players used it very well Sunday night, as they created numerous turnovers and odd-man rushes against the Bruins.

The second key would be to get more traffic in front of Rask. Screen him, get in his face and create chances for the other players on the ice.

The Leafs have clawed their way back to tie this series at three. They need to play their game with confidence and play their hearts out.

Take it one game at a time. Monday night is the biggest game of their season. Only time will tell if they make it count.

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