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Andersen makes 32 saves, Maple Leafs top Bruins in Game 6

Nylander, Marner each score for Toronto to force deciding game in Eastern series

by Dave McCarthy / Correspondent

TORONTO -- Frederik Andersen made 32 saves for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3-1 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

The series is tied 3-3. Game 7 is at Boston on Wednesday.

"I think it's the same kind of pressure we've had these last two games facing elimination, and Game 7 should be the same," Andersen said. "It's something we all dream of playing in, these big moments, and you also want to perform."


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William Nylander, Mitchell Marner and Tomas Plekanec scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won the past two games.

"You want to be in these moments in your life. You don't remember everything in your life. What you do is you remember moments. You remember, and you want to create, those moments. You want to create memories," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "Here's an opportunity for us to create memories with a good group of guys who like each other a lot."

Video: BOS@TOR, Gm6: Nylander pots rebound from the doorstep

Jake DeBrusk scored, and Tuukka Rask made 27 saves for the Bruins.

"That's the way it is, it's all about one game. It's one game and you've got to be ready for your best game," Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. "We created some chances (in Game 6), we had some good looks, we just have to find a way to put it behind [Andersen]."

DeBrusk gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 1:02 of the second period, scoring from the top of the right circle after David Krejci won the face-off back to him.

Nylander tied it 35 seconds later, collecting the rebound off Nikita Zaitsev's shot from the point and scoring into an open net to make it 1-1.

"It was massive," Marner said. "That got our team going right again and our fanbase." 

Video: BOS@TOR, Gm6: DeBrusk buries one through traffic

Zach Hyman appeared to give Toronto a 2-1 lead at 3:04 of the second period, but Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy challenged for goaltender interference, and the call was reversed after a video review. 

Marner scored to make it 2-1 at 13:25 when he got a loose puck in the left circle and beat Rask glove side with a backhand.

The Bruins had a power play at 14:17 of the third period after Marner was called for delay of game, but were unable to score.

Toronto, which was 5-for-10 on the penalty kill in Games 1 and 2, is 8-for-9 in the past four games.

"We've just adjusted a little bit, but it was huge to get that last one. It was a big-time PK in a big-time moment in the series," Hyman said. "It was really important for us, and Freddie [Andersen] has been making huge saves so it helps."

Video: BOS@TOR, Gm6: Plekanec buries empty-net goal

Plekanec extended the lead to 3-1 with 1:14 left in the third period with an empty-net goal. 

"We didn't really give up anything too much in the third and took it to them a lot more, controlling the neutral zone, and they had trouble getting in and getting good looks," Andersen said.


Goal of the game

Marner's goal at 13:25 of the second period.

Video: BOS@TOR, Gm6: Marner spins, backhands shot by Rask


Save of the game

Andersen's save on David Pastrnak at 14:09 of the third period.

Video: BOS@TOR, Gm6: Andersen uses pad to deny Pastrnak


Highlight of the game

Andersen's save on Rick Nash at 19:07 of the first period.

Video: BOS@TOR, Gm6: Andersen denies Rick Nash with blocker


They said it

"I think we're getting a lot of really quality looks, a lot of good opportunities, and he's making some good saves. He's a good goalie. It's bound to happen, we just have to keep going and do more of the same." -- Bruins forward Brad Marchand on Andersen


"You're going to be ready to go, don't spend the whole day tomorrow and the next day getting ready, all wound up. Just relax and get ready for one shift, that's all you've got to do. Be ready for one shift. Then you've got time until the next when you're sitting on the bench to get ready for the next one, you're going to be fine. … These are the growing moments in your life as a player and you want to take advantage of it." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on his message to his team before Game 7


Need to know

Patrice Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak have each been held without a point and are a combined minus-16 in Boston's three losses. ... Toronto will try to win its second series after trailing 3-1 in its history with a win in Game 7 (trailed 3-0 against Detroit Red Wings in 1942 Stanley Cup Final). … The Bruins are 13-12 in Game 7's (12-8 at home). The Maple Leafs are 12-10 (5-9 on road).


What's next

Game 7 of Eastern Conference First Round at TD Garden on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, NESN)


Video: Maple Leafs beat Bruins at home to force Game 7



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