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Discuss: Maple Leafs force Game 7 against Bruins

May 12, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

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Both the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs faced must-win situations in Game 6’s on Sunday and each squad found ways to win some tight games. In the case of the Maple Leafs, they beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in Toronto.

Let’s chat, shall we?

  • Like Henrik Lundqvist at Madison Square Garden, James Reimer came up huge on the big stage at home on Sunday. He stopped 29 out of 30 shots, only yielding to Milan Lucic with about 30 seconds left. Is this the game that establishes him as a legitimate No. 1 goalie or does he need to win Game 7 to really capture the hearts of Leafs fans and respect of critics?
  • Nazem Kadri had his second point of the series, assisting on Dion Phaneuf‘s game-opening goal. Can he break out in Game 7 after struggling mightily?
  • Phil Kessel ended up getting the game-winner. Will this reduce the amount of times he needs to cringe and answer questions about the Tyler Seguin/Dougie Hamilton trade? If not, could this at least turn down the volume of the heckling?
  • Which team do you expect to advance with a Game 7 win?
  • Tuukka Rask was in net when the Bruins gave up a 3-0 series lead against the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 and faces the possibility of seeing a 3-1 series lead dissolve against Toronto. If that happens, will he be labeled a choker? Could it even convince Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to go with a different option in net?
  • Which Game 7 are you looking forward to the most on Sunday?
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  1. tdrusher225 - May 12, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Elite teams do not make winning a series this hard on themselves, year in and year out. Not enough urgency game to game. It even shows on the power play. It’s funny how awful they look 90% of the time with the man advantage, but they make a complete 180 at the end when they desperately need the goal. Not enough urgency.

    • greenmtnboy31 - May 13, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      No one is talking about the Leafs beinga an elite team. Geesh, it’s the first year they have made the playoffs in almost a decade. And, you surely can’t be referring to the Bruins in that comment.

      • tdrusher225 - May 13, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        Yeah I was talking about the Bruins

  2. drewzducks - May 12, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    A other first round exit looming,this one, once again, of the choke variety. I’m so sick of this team making things ore difficult than they need to be, unless of course they’re not as good as they’ve led us to believe. I can’t fathom how 11 of 12 forwards and 4 of 6 D men were on a Cup winning team just 2 seasons ago that managed to win 3 game 7’s and now can’t finish the job. They have no one but themselves to blame.

    • greenmtnboy31 - May 13, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      The fact of the matter is the Bruins played way over their heads and had an elite goalie constantly bailing them out when they won the Cup. They were extremely lucky to win three game 7’s. No team can continue to play over their heads on the long haul, they are being exposed for their slow, slothlike play and they don’t have an elite keeper anymore ever since TT got sick of their act.

      • drewzducks - May 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Gotta agree about the three game 7’s and missing TT. Not sure about the slow, sloth like part, especially the forwards, and as far as them playing over their heads, most of the so called “experts” always seem to rank the B’s as a top 5-7 team league wide, but they certainly haven’t been this season and with the exception of 2011their playoff performance has been underwhelming, to say the least.

  3. domdogsbk85 - May 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    was looking forward to a bruins-rangers first round matchup, but i guess the second round will have to do. lets go rangers

    • zetaone - May 12, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      It will be Leafs vs Caps. I will laugh.

  4. brownbearmike - May 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Yes, the Bruins slept-skated through Games Five and Six. The killer, finish-them-off instinct was missing. But don’t blame Tuukka Rask for that — he single-handedly kept those games as close as they were.

  5. hockeyfan28 - May 12, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Man gotta give the Leafs fans credit it looks more fun outside the building then inside

  6. valoisvipers - May 12, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Bruins looked like a tired team tonight and game seven goes tomorrow.Advantage Leafs?

    • 19to77 - May 13, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      I’d say something like “The Bruins will take energy from the home crowd and play a full sixty minutes” but their half-assed game 5 kinda ruins that logic. It really is anyone’s series with Reimer and Rask both standing on their heads like this.

  7. theskinsman - May 13, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    If the Bruins play hard more than 1/3 of the game,chances are they win. They look tired and a step slow.The inconsistent effort is all on Julien,IMHO.

  8. kovodisc - May 13, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Bruins fan here, and I picked Leafs in 6 to start the series…looks like ill be a game off. Leafs take it tonight, Bruins have zero heart.

    Fire Claude, trade Seguin.

  9. 8man - May 13, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    This is the NHL playoffs. We’ve seen it happen year after year. One man can transcend the limitations of the rest of his team and literally carry them. Reimer has done that. Though Rask has been more than equal to the task. The Bruins are going to have to do something that they have struggled to do since the middle of March; score.

    Doubtless that fans in Washington and Anaheim are wondering the same thing we Bruins fans are about their clubs. Why can’t they finish this?

    • greenmtnboy31 - May 13, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      It’s been a total team effort by the Leafs backed up by a solid goalie playing well, all facets that the Bruins lack. They can’t finish because they are too old & slow. Chara looks like a pylon out there, good thing he’s not wearing an orange uniform.

  10. tlndma - May 13, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Rask has been real good. No poblem there. They can’t score goals.
    This falls on Claude if they blow this series. It won’t be the first big collapse he has been steward of. How about mixing the lines up for a couple shifts Mr. Magoo.
    Bruins need to find someone to play with Seguin. Bergeron as good a player as he is, does not mesh with him. Maybe up to Krecji line and bye bye Horton. Marchand seems hurt. Kelly, Peverley and Jagr, meh.
    The defense might be getting a little long in the tooth. How long can Chara and Seidenberg play 30 mins. a game. When Wade Redden who was basically thrown to the junk heap by two other teams makes your roster , you’ve got some issues, at least.
    If they blow this and Chiarelli doesn’t make roster changes, expect more of the same next year. Even if they win, I don’t see them getting by NY or Wash.

  11. nhstateline - May 13, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    A lot of credit has to go the Leafs and their coaches for getting to this point. It’s a good young team and playing hard plus their coaches have obviously studied up on how to frustrate the Bruins in the playoffs. They’ve literally done everything that’s worked for opponents in the past at one time or another during this series.

    The Bruins have three built in excuses tonight: 1) we didn’t get home until lunchtime on monday, 2) we’re tired from the end of the schedule, and 3) three games in four nights is too many. Given how most of these players love to make excuses, it’ll be interesting to see which one they pick if this goes south as it might. I think this is a pick em game.

    No matter how this playoff run comes out, the Bruins need big changes. I personally think there are only six guys on this roster I wouldn’t consider trading at all and as for the rest it would depend on the offer. Too many games and too many seasons like this for this group. Time for change.

  12. greenmtnboy31 - May 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    That was an interesting dive Krejci too last night trying to draw a penalty and killing his own potential 2 on 1 in the process. I was waiting for coach Julie-Ann to whine about the diving and embellishment after that game, as is his usual post game cry session.

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