If they win, they'll advance to the second round for the first time since 2004 and face the Columbus Blue Jackets. Boston has been eliminated at home in four of its five playoff appearances since winning the Stanley Cup in 2011: a Game 7 loss to Washington in 2012, Game 6 loss to Chicago in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, Game 7 loss to Montreal in 2014 and a Game 6 loss to Ottawa in 2017.
Going into the game, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock remarked a couple of times the next hard lesson for his young group of players was how to close out a series, to win that fourth game against a team such as the Bruins that you know is going to push hard.
Toronto opened the scoring at 9:42 of the opening period on Rielly's first of the playoffs. "Move!" at their screens during a certain stretch in the third period.
"We were really ready, we were jumping big time", Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said. "But I think also the way we were on the puck, our forecheck".
"Today was more of the way we wanted (to play)", Cassidy said. "We came together, we played very hard after that and we played a really good game".
"It's going to be fun", Bruins forward Charlie Coyle said.
Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron and Leafs forward Zach Hyman took a faceoff in the Leafs zone and they locked each other up on the draw as the puck lay there.
Grabbing the win was Frederik Andersen, who stopped 28 of the 29 shots that he faced. A video review showed the puck bounced off the crossbar, failing to cross the line.
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The Maple Leafs edged the hometown Bruins 2-1 on Friday night to take a 3-2 series lead.
The Maple Leafs did some good things and did some bad things on Friday night. Heading back to Calgary the Flames should have the advantage against an Avs team that has struggled away from home this season. "Suddenly they're up 2-1, they've got momentum on their side". "You go after it and it's the toughest game to win because they're desperate alright". We just have to make the right reads and make the right plays. But when the puck's in our zone, be patient.
The emboldened Bruins locked down the Leafs in the second period, not allowing them so much as a shot on goal until after the seven-minute mark.
By the time the third period started, only Andersen's excellent work in goal kept the Leafs in the game.
Once Auston Matthews' fifth goal in four games cut the Bruins lead to one, things got dicey in the Bruins end as Toronto turned up the heat.
It seems, more often than not, the unit has up until about the first change in possession to launch into their attacks.
Kapanen got Toronto's second goal less than two minutes later, scoring on a wrist shot off assists from Andreas Johnsson and Morgan Rielly.
Andersen was solid, but could do nothing on Boston's slick goal that made it 3-1. Rask went 27-18 with a 2.48 GAA on the year overall, including 12-10 with a 2.65 GAA out on the road and 1-0 with a 2.00 GAA against the Maple Leafs.
"It's a new set of circumstances; it's a different team", he said.