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Leafs and Bruins set to decide series in Game 7 on TSN Radio

TSN.ca Staff

5/13/2013 6:08:16 PM

It is winner-take-all tonight in Boston.

The Toronto Maple Leafs - once down 3-1 in their opening round series with the Boston Bruins - have forced Game 7 at the TD Garden.

Leafs vs. Bruins Game 7 can be heard on TSN Radio 1050 with Joe Bowen and Jim Ralph, tonight at 7pm et/4pm pt with the pre-game show LIVE NOW. You can also chat and get updates from TSN's hockey personalities with TSN.ca's Game Night blog on the TSN GameTracker during the game.

Toronto has stolen momentum in the series after creating a serious deficit with a Game 4 overtime loss. Since then, however, the Leafs have clamped down and won two straight thanks in large part to the outstanding goaltending of James Reimer, who has stopped 72 of 74 combined shots over the past two games.

"Got to win a game, that's what it is," Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle told reporters in Boston Monday morning. "If we're going to continue we have to win a hockey game."

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, Leafs centre Tyler Bozak did not make the trip to Boston for Game 7. He missed Game 6 with an upper body injury.

At the other end of the ice, the Bruins have played a lot of hockey over the past month and Game 7 will mark the team's 13th game in the past 24 days. They will be without defenceman Andrew Ference.

The team was also unable to travel back to Boston after Sunday night's Game 6 loss after the team endured plane trouble. As a result, the team has been forced to fly back to Boston today.

For the Leafs, it is their first Game 7 in nine years. The team's last came in the opening round of the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators, with a pair of Joe Nieuwendyk goals leading the team to a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

"(I) probably haven't played a game as big as this," said Leaf forward Jay McClement on Monday. "Game 7, Stanley Cup playoffs - it doesn't get much bigger than that."

The Bruins, meanwhile, took their opening round series against the Washington Capitals to seven games just last season. The Caps would eliminate the Bruins when Joel Ward scored the 2-1 overtime winner.

The Bruins will be competing in a Game 7 for the eighth time in the past six seasons. In 2011, the Bruins became the first club in NHL history to win three Game 7s in one playoff year. Despite that run, the Bruins are 3-5 in those eight games.

The two teams will meet in a Game 7 for just the third time in their 89-year history and for the first time since 1959, when the Maple Leafs skated away with a 3-2 win at Boston Garden to win their Semifinal series. The Bruins hold a clear-cut advantage in Game 7 experience with 21 players having played in a previous series-decider. The Leafs on the other hand, have just five players with previous experience and none having played in more than two.

The Leafs became the 48th team in Stanley Cup history to force a Game 7 after erasing a 3-1 deficit. Toronto came back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series in the 1942 Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red Wings, when the Leafs reeled off four straight wins to take the series.