There is nothing better in the NHL playoffs like a Game 7 rivalry match. Tonight the Boston Bruins host Game 7 of the first round matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden. This will be the third time in seven seasons that both teams play a Game 7 in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (2013, 2018). The Boston Bruins won both games. Tonight the Maple Leafs hope to advanced to the second round for the first time since 2004. The winner of this game will face the Columbus Blue Jackets next round.
Some Gm7 nuggets courtesy of @NHLNetwork
*team that scores first is 128-44 in 172 Game 7s in Stanley Cup Playoffs
* Home teams have 100-72 (.581) adv in all-time Game 7s in SC Playoffs
* Forty-one Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs have required OT. Home teams have a 21-20 edge
— Billy Jaffe (@BJaffe) April 23, 2019
The Bruins will be home at TD Garden tonight. This season the Bruins were 29-9-3 at home. Throughout the series, the Bruins lost Game 1 and Game 5 at home. Tonight the Bruins will depend on star players like Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Marchand, 30, has seven points in seven career game 7s; while Bergeron, 33, has five goals in 10 career Game 7s. Last year the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 7-4 on Game 7 in the first round. Bruins hope to repeat and prepare for Columbus.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 23, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs
All the pressure is on the Maple Leafs tonight. Can they finally get past the Boston Bruins in the first round? Tonight is the night where the Leafs can make history. Toronto needs to avoid penalties for Game 7. During the series, Toronto allowed seven goals on 16 chances (43.8%). This will be a big test for the young stars like Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. This young team hopes to make history tonight
Tonight the Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs will start at 7 p.m. ET; (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, NESN).
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