May 13, 2013
Leafs gain possible edge after Bruins travel woes
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

Dion Phaneuf of the Maple Leafs celebrates his third-period goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre, May 12, 2013. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/Toronto Sun)

BOSTON - One game.

Not a best-of-seven any more and no longer a 3-1 deficit in games to the Bruins for the resilient Maple Leafs.

Tonight at the TD Garden, with momentum in their favour, the Leafs will attempt to make their first visit to the playoffs in nine years a triumphant one.

The Leafs may not be favoured for tonight's Game 7, but after Sunday's rousing 2-1 victory at the Air Canada Centre, history isn't necessarily against coach Randy Carlyle’s crew, either.

According to the NHL, the Leafs are the 48th team in NHL history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit to force a Game 7. The teams that won Games 5 and 6 are 24-23 all-time in the deciding contest. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, meanwhile, has a career record of 1-8 in elimination situations.



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