The over has hit in three of Boston's last five outings.
It may not have been complicated, but a message was hammered home during that second intermission, when a lesser team might have turned the other way. Bergeron is scoreless in three, and missed Game 4 because of injury.
If it's anything like Bruins - Leafs, it should be thrilling ... and maybe a goalie's nightmare. "Obviously tonight with the home crowd here, too, and how the game was going - it was back and forth and emotions were pretty insane". He said from Guadalajara that the team watched Monday's Leafs versus Bruins game in their hotel. They were staring a long, bitter summer in the face if they couldn't flip the game over the final 20 minutes. DeBrusk gave Boston the lead with 14:35 to play.
Some of the Boston Bruins' most memorable modern day victories and resilient performances have taken place under such win-and-advance or lose-and-go-home scenarios. As far as seeing them three times in the last month, that will clearly help our preparation and that is the one positive.
Boston Bruins' Torey Krug, David Backes and Brad Marchand celebrate a first-period goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7. With AP Photos.Jake DeBrusk scored his second goal of the game to break a third-period tie, and the Boston Bruins came from behind to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 - again - winning 7-4 on to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. There'd been so much effort poured in, shift-by-shift, game by game, unappreciated forecheck after unappreciated forecheck. They didn't win Game 4 at home with Bruins star Patrice Bergeron out. Boston has been, in a word, dominant throughout the first round.
Travis Dermott tied things up for the third time in the tilt off a wrister at 2:07, but Boston had a chance to answer after Tomas Plekanec was whistled for interference at 4:56. And at all strengths, the Bruins have the edge in each category.
The Bruins' offensive attack attempted 33.1 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.3 goals per contest (ranked sixth overall in the NHL). Rask stopped 31 of 32 shots in that game, and he held fast despite facing 32 scoring chances and 10 from high-quality scoring areas in that outing. Matthews put up 2 points in Games 3-6, while Marner recorded 6.
The Toronto Maple Leafs' season has come down to one game, and head coach Mike Babcock wants his players to embrace the situation. Boston fought off Toronto's sustained pressure on the ensuing power play, but another Bruin mistake-this time from Boston captain Zdeno Chara-led to the game's first goal. When he's been off his game, Toronto has been blown out.
However, like Rask, Andersen's totals in Game 7s aren't exactly sparkling. Vegas bookended the series with a pair of 1-0 shutouts on the back of playoff veteran Marc-Andre Fleury.
"Being able to force Game 7 is great", Andersen said. That might be worth watching come Wednesday evening. "So we'll look at them a little bit more in the next few days, but we're going to enjoy this one tonight".
In the case of this latest Game 7, there were times when it seemed like the last shot on goal might be the victor. "It's something that you all dream of - those big moments - and you also want to perform". Pairing him with Patrick Marleau and Tomas Plekanec has been a stroke of genius, too, as the line is clicking better than any of Toronto's other units.
In the end, Auston Matthews was not good enough for the Maple Leafs. DeBrusk didn't garner as much Calder Trophy attention as defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who rode the momentum of making his National Hockey League debut in that series against the Senators to emerge as a premier puck-moving defenseman with 32 points (seven goals, 25 assists) and a plus-20 rating.
A dismal second period saw the Leafs claw back out of their deficit and back into the driver's seat - with Toronto beating Rask on its first two shots of the period. He finished the series with one goal, in Game 3, and one assist, in Game 5.
One thing about the playoffs is that you can blow a 3-1 lead, win a Game 7 and pretend like nearly nothing dramatic happened.