2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Final: Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 1 — Andersen, Toronto push series to limit

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TORONTO -- The Maple Leafs stave off elimination for the second consecutive game with a 2-1 victory over the Bruins Monday night at Air Canada Centre and force the decisive Game 7.

Maple Leafs goaltender Freddie Andersen stifled the Bruins – again – and the teams will play Wednesday night at TD Garden to decide who will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round.

Pregame notes

Scoring first has proved crucial in this series between the Bruins and the Maple Leafs. The team to get on the board first has won each time and it's not a coincidence. Toronto coach Mike Babcock has discussed the importance of drawing first blood time and again and it was no different the morning of Game 6 at Air Canada Centre.

"I think just getting start on time and you can be above the puck and you don't have to chase it and you don't feel like you have to chase it and make poor decisions," he said. "Obviously, it has worked better for us when we're ahead. I didn't think when we got behind in our building in Game 4, I didn't think it affected us. I thought we responded right away. But, then when we got behind a second time, they scored right at the end of the second and right at the end of the third, we had no pushback. Obviously, it's important tonight to start on time and being ready to go."