May 13, 2013
Leafs' James van Riemsdyk knows the thrill of winning a Game 7
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk (21) scrambles for the puck out in front of the Bruins net on Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre. Van Riemsdyk had two assists in the Leafs 2-1 victory. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

TORONTO - James van Riemsdyk has been in this kind of movie before — and loved his role.

And if the rest of the Maple Leafs play their parts to perfection on Monday night in Boston the ending will be unforgettable for them all.

The 2013 Leafs could be the first team since van Riemsdyk’s Philadelphia Flyers of 2010 to come back from a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series.

The Flyers were actually the full three games behind. The opposition? The Bruins. The goaltender? Tuukka Rask.

But van Riemsdyk was able to shield himself from getting too wrapped up equating what the Leafs have done in the past two games to the Flyers’ great escape. He protected himself from riling up the Bruins as well as the big winger protects the puck along the boards.

Van Riemsdyk did try to impart his wisdom about 2010 to the younger Leafs, half the roster which had not been in a playoff game before falling behind 3-1 in this series.



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