A collective Leafs Nation will be on the edge of their seats tonight as the Buds battle Boston for Game 7. Shake the Magic Eight Ball – can Toronto come back from a 3-1 series deficit to take Boston at home? All signs point to yes.
The Bruins may have the experience edge (they are competing in a Game 7 for the eighth time in the past six seasons) but the Leafs have momentum. Having won both games 5 and 6, Toronto is on a high. Historically, teams that have taken these games have a 24-23 final game record. And Toronto seems to thrive at TD Gardens winning the last two games on the road. But a lot depends on which Boston team shows up. As head coach Claude Julien told reporters after game 6, his team has been Jekyll and Hyde all season. Memories of the 2010 collapse against the Flyers still haunt the club.
Toronto goalie James Reimer could be the X-factor in this deciding game. Reimer has been on fire under pressure inspiring his team to step it up but the Leafs need to come out and dominate tonight to take the Bruins fans out of the equation.
Maybe fate is smiling down on the Boys in Blue – Due to mechanical problems with their charter plane, Boston was forced to spend the night in Toronto before flying out this morning. The Maple Leafs flew to Boston immediately after Sunday’s 2-1 win.
For the first time since April 7, 1959 the two teams will meet for Game 7 and, whatever the outcome, it promises to be a spectacle.