Toronto Maple Leafs' Dion Phaneuf (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his goal on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (L) during the third period in Game 6 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final hockey playoff series in Toronto, May 12, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY))
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to win their first playoff series since 2004 when they take on the Boston Bruins in Game 7 on Monday night.
The Maple Leafs' last playoff series win was a grueling seven-game campaign against the Ottawa Senators in the first round. In the second round of the playoffs, Toronto was stopped by a top flight Philadelphia Flyers squad that took them down in six games. Now the team will look to continue impressing pundits by finishing off a tremendous comeback against Boston.
The Bruins pushed Toronto to the brink after an overtime victory in Game 4. However, Toronto, led by goalie James Reimer, fought back into the series and won two straight 2-1 victories. Now the Maple Leafs have the Boston Bruins searching for answers about how to get past Reimer.
Boston will undoubtedly be reminded of the 2009 Game 7 meltdown against the Philadelphia Flyers. After blowing a 3-0 series lead, Boston blew a 3-0 advantage in the game and lost 4-3. Since that Game 7 defeat, the Bruins have won three of their last five series in seven games; the team lost last year's series in the decisive game against the Washington Capitals.
If Boston hopes to pull off the win, the team will need a huge game from Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. Both scorers have been absent in the series and Boston has relied on its top line of Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, and David Krejci to provide offense; the Maple Leafs have shutdown that line effectively in the last few games. Defenseman Wade Redden is sixth in scoring for the Bruins in this series with two assists in five games.
Predictions: Toronto wins 3-2; they have all the momentum.
Start Time: 7 PM EST
TV: CBC, NESN