It was the Bruins’ second straight Game 7 win over the Maple Leafs and third in three playoff matchups between the teams, having previously done so with victories in 2013 and 2018.
Joakim Nordstrom, Sean Kuraly, Marcus Johansson, Charlie Coyle and Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins, while Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots.
John Tavares scored Toronto’s goal and Frederik Andersen had 27 saves. No Canadian teams now remain in the NHL playoffs.
Boston advances to the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Columbus Blue Jackets, with Game 1 at home on Thursday night.
Game 7 Update – The Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Sunday afternoon to force a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.
Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist for the Bruins, with Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk also scoring. David Pastrnak provided two assists and Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots.
Morgan Rielly and Auston Matthews scored for Toronto, while Frederik Andersen finished with 37 saves.
The Bruins were facing elimination when they fell behind halfway through the first period, but they will now host the deciding game on Tuesday night.
Neither team has managed back-to-back victories in this series, while each has won twice on the road.
Game 6 Update – Toronto Maple Leafs held on to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 Friday night and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.
After a defense-dominated game for 2 1/2 periods, Auston Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen scored the decisive goals for the Maple Leafs, with David Krejci got the Bruins on the board with 43.7 seconds left.
Frederik Andersen had 28 saves for Toronto. The Bruins’ Tuukka Rask made 25 stops.
Sean Kuraly started at left wing for the Bruins after missing a month with a broken hand, making his playoff debut.
Game 6 is on Sunday afternoon in Toronto, where the Maple Leafs can eliminate the Bruins with a win on home-ice.
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Game 5 Update – The Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Wednesday evening to level up the best-of-seven series at 2-2 in the Eastern Conference 1st Round matchup.
David Pastrnak scored twice in quick succession for the Bruins, while Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists. At 42 years, 30 days, Zdeno Chara became the second-oldest defenseman in NHL history to score a playoff goal. Goaltender Tuukka Rask made 38 saves.
Auston Matthews scored twice for the Maple Leafs, while Frederik Andersen stopped 25 shots.
The home-ice advantage in the series is now back with the Bruins and Game 5 takes place on Friday night in Boston.
Game 4 Update – Toronto Maple Leafs beat Boston Bruins 3-2 on home-ice on Monday evening to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series in the Eastern Conference 1st Round matchup.
All five goals came in the 2nd period. Frederik Andersen made 34 saves for the Maple Leafs, while Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots for the Bruins.
The NHL suspended Leafs’ center Nazem Kadri for the remainder of the 1st Round playoff series on Monday, following his high hit on Bruins’ winger Jake DeBrusk on Saturday.
Bruins’ defenseman Connor Clifton sat out with an undisclosed injury, while winger Marcus Johansson missed a second consecutive game due to illness.
Game 3 Update – The Boston Bruins tied the series at 1-1 with the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Saturday night with a 4-1 win.
Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Charlie Coyle and Danton Heinen all scored for the Bruins, while Tuukka Rask saved 30 shots. Nazem Kadri scored for the Maple Leafs to make the score 3-1 in the 3rd Period, while Frederik Andersen made 37 saves.
Toronto’s Kadri later drew a game misconduct for cross-checking Jake DeBrusk in the face and could be facing a suspension.
The series now moves to Toronto for Games 3 and 4, with everything to play for.
Game 2 Update: The Toronto Maple Leafs erased an early deficit to record a comprehensive 4-1 win on the road in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Round 1 series at the Boston Bruins on Thursday evening, with Mitch Marner scoring twice for the Maple Leafs.
Game 1 was one in which the renowned Maple Leafs’ forwards got the better of the strong Bruins’ defence. The Maple Leafs do allow a ton of shots though and Frederik Andersen made 37 saves for them in Thursday’s opener.
The Bruins were without Kevan Miller, Sean Kuraly and John Moore to start the series, but all could be back at some point.