Lucas Viveiros | The Avro Post

After an emotional day for the people of Toronto, the Maple Leafs were able to deliver some positivity to the city with a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 6.

Following a tragic incident where a white van struck and killed several people in the city, the NHL playoff game scheduled to take place in Toronto for 7:00pm still went on.

Maple Leafs defensemen Ron Hainsey offered his thoughts on the incident and spoke from his heart to the people of Toronto during pre-game warmup.

The Maple Leafs also honoured the victims and their families through a moment of silence prior to puck drop.

On a night after a terrible tragedy like this, sport and in this case hockey united the city as one big family.

Once the game was underway, the crowd and both teams settled in and were focused on the task at hand, for the Bruins; moving onto the second round, and for the Maple Leafs; forcing a Game 7 back in Boston.

Toronto came out of the gates dictating the pace of the game, and putting pressure on Boston’s defense and Tuukka Rask to make big stops.

The first period ended scoreless, but with the exception of the final few minutes, the Maple Leafs seemed to have the edge.

At the start of the second the two team’s split goals 35 seconds apart and were once again tied.

Jake DeBrusk opened the scoring for Boston, while William Nylander finally showed up in a big moment, responding for Toronto.

The ice began to tilt in the Bruin’s favour for the majority of the second frame, that is until Mitch Marner continued his red hot play with a backhand spin style goal.

If Frederik Andersen isn’t the Leafs MVP this playoff series it surely must be Marner, as he now has eight points in the six games.

The third period felt like an eternity for Maple Leaf fans, but they played within their structure, got key saves from Frederik Andersen, and were able to the ice the game with an empty net goal courtesy Tomas Plekanec.

Toronto’s radio commentator Joe Bowan made a historic and enthusiastic call like he is known for as soon as the game was 3-1 and all but wrapped up.

The Maple Leafs will pack their bags and head to Boston for Game 7 on Wednesday night. It is surely set to be a huge sports day for the city of Toronto, as the Raptors are also playing Game 5 of their series, as well as Toronto FC in CONCACAF Champions League action.

Puck drop for Game 7 between the Bruins and Maple Leafs is set for 7:30pm from the TD Garden and can be seen on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.


More coverage to follow. Image from CityNews.

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