2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Final: Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 3 — Slow start keeps B’s from closing out

(John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs stave off elimination with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins Saturday night at TD Garden. Game 6 will be played Monday night at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Starter Tuukka Rask was pulled after the Maple Leafs gained a 4-1 advantage. The Bruins pushed back and nearly mounted a comeback, but fell short. Toronto's early speed and effectiveness was key to the victory. Maple Leaf goalie Freddie Andersen made more than his share of timely saves and finished with 43 stops.

Observations from the first period