Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Maple Leafs Pay Tribute To Toronto Van Attack Victims

Maple Leafs Pay Tribute To Toronto Van Attack Victims

In Toronto, Frederik Andersen stopped 32 shots to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday night, forcing a decisive Game 7 in the first-round series.

Last night's 3-1 victory gives the Leafs two straight wins and on the final game of the series is back in Boston Wednesday night.

April 23, 2018, Toronto, Ontario, CAN: Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak skates with the puck in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Ten people were killed and 15 others were injured on Monday afternoon after a van driver plowed into pedestrians along Yonge Street in the North York area of Toronto.

The two sides traded goals early in the second period, with Jake DeBrusk capitalizing on a lost defensive zone draw by Auston Matthews with a quick strike past Andersen, only to have William Nylander answer with his first goal of the postseason just 35 seconds later.

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April 23, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Tomas Plekanec (19) celebrates with teammates in the third period after scoring a goal as Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) reacts in game six of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Air Canada Centre.

When the teams took to the ice for Monday's game, they lined up as the arena went dark, and fans were asked to join the players in a moment of silence for victims of the "horrific incident".

The Bruins finally cracked Andersen a minute into the second period, with Jake DeBrusk scoring his third goal of these playoffs. The big Dane's best save was another one with the paddle of his goal stick, just as he did in Game 3, reaching back to knock away the puck when David Backes tried to scoop it out of a scramble. "Then they won a puck at the net where we're generally good there, but they got it to the net". But Toronto's penalty kill that had been so good in Game 5 picked up right where it left off with another terrific showing when it mattered most for the Leafs, finishing a pristine 0-for-2. How the Leafs come back and make things even with the Bruins?

The Maple Leafs, to their credit, have been able to capitalize on every Bruins mistake. The Bruins peppered Andersen with shots but were unable to solve the Swedish netminder.

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"We took a step forward in this game from last game, played a lot better with the lead", said Brown. "Without him, I don't think we are having the success we're having.He starts the confidence for our team and it kind of just goes up from our defense to our forwards".

In the two losses at TD Garden to open the series, Andersen was more a victim of the team in front of him and had the worst goals-against-average (6.65) and second-worst save percentage (.822) of any goalie in the playoffs. After Ovechkin's second-period goals, Washington never relinquished a two-goal lead. He fanned on a clearing attempt in the slot, Marner got to the loose puck first and got a backhand shot behind Rask at 13:25 for a 2-1 Toronto lead.

Rask followed that up by stopping Matthews on another 2-on-1 off a pass from Plekanec with Air Canada Centre ready to explode.

Both goalies were on their game in the first as the clubs combined for 27 shots on goal, including 17 from Boston.

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