"It's one game and we have to be ready for it and have our best game".
The Bruins were rewarded for this persistence by way of a Jake DeBrusk goal off a set faceoff play just 1:05 into the middle frame. That probably should have been enough, but some tough rebounds and worse luck allowed the Flyers to creep back into the game, eventually scoring four unanswered goals to erase not only a 3-0 deficit in Game 7 but also a 3-0 deficit in the series.
Andersen has thrived on a heavy workload this season, facing 2,211 shots (the most of any goalie in the NHL) and the Leafs have been able to win in spite of their defense yielding numerous chances (30 of the Leafs' 49 wins came when they were outshot).
The B's then went back on the attack, but Andersen kept them at bay until Marner's victor. And even if they lose and are sent packing in the first round for the second straight season, they will have endured a Game 7 situation, something that will help them the next time they face it. If there's one area the Bruins and Leafs should feel confident going into Game 7, it's their goaltending. If none of the first-round series go to seven games, the second round could start earlier.
The B's had a power play with 5:43 left to play, but Andersen made a terrific save on David Krejci to preserve the lead. We have a fantastic city and we can't let this get in the way of what we've got going. The Bruins right wing took an angle that prevented him from having any chance to block the shot and then decided not to play the body.
Then again, there were 49 minutes and 48 seconds left in the game after the Bruins were put in that 0-2 hole. Brad Marchand, skating towards Rask to retrieve a puck, lifted his stick too early to leave it sitting for Marner.More news: Yemen Houthi political leader killed in air raid
Following the win Ovechkin, was asked about the series awaiting him: "I can't wait". Marleau has the ability to lead the Maple Leafs back into this series. Pastrnak finished the game with no blocked shots, no hits, no points, and no victories. Babcock wound up using Tomas Plekanec between Patrick Marleau and Marner to defend against the Bergeron line, not Nazem Kadri, as everyone was expecting following the morning skate. Now he's in Cassidy's care and sometimes falls out of favor, but he's a driving force for the Bruins all over the rink.
So there are other areas where the Bruins could use more.
Other Toronto teams - including MLB's Blue Jays, Major League Soccer's Toronto FC, the NBA's Raptors, the CFL's Argonauts, and the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies - also tweeted messages of support, as did the NBA's Washington Wizards, who play the Raptors in Toronto on Wednesday in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.
The Bruins have changed for the better by leaps and bounds since the coaching change.
The NHL's first round of playoffs featured several matches that were unfair to teams that conquered the regular season schedule and deserved easier opponents.
Livestream every single game of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs-blackout free-plus the Toronto Blue Jays, key Raptors & NBA Playoffs matchups and the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup, all in one subscription. The results of the decision contributed to a quick hole from which the Bruins would not recover. Boston was ousted in six games by the Ottawa Senators.