Bruins survive and advanceField Level Media
April 25. 2018 10:59PM
Jake DeBrusk’s go-ahead goal with 14:35 remaining in the third period lifted the host Boston Bruins to a 7-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Wednesday night.
DeBrusk scored two goals and David Pastrnak added another, giving them a share of the team-playoff lead with five. Torey Krug, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Danton Heinen also scored for the Bruins.
Boston, which won its first playoff series since the 2013-14 season, will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Game 1 is set for Saturday at 3 p.m. in Florida.
Patrick Marleau had two goals, giving him a team-best four playoff goals, and Travis Dermott and Kasperi Kapanen also scored for Toronto, which forced a decisive seventh game with back-to-back wins after a 3-1 series hole.
The Maple Leafs have not won a playoff series since 2003-04.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask finished with 20 saves and improved to 2-2 all-time in Game 7s. Frederik Andersen made 29 saves for Toronto.
DeBrusk skated end-to-end for his decisive third-period goal, finding Andersen’s five-hole.
Pastrnak made it a 6-4 game on his goal at 11:39 of the third. Brad Marchand scored an empty-netter with 50.9 seconds left.
Marleau’s first goal with 17:55 left in the first period gave Toronto a 1-0 lead before Boston tied it on DeBrusk’s first goal with 15:13 to go in the first.
Marleau’s second tally at 6:12 of the first made it 2-1 before Heinen (at 9:10) and Bergeron (at 19:23) scored to put the Bruins up 3-2 after one.
Dermott scored 2:07 into the second and Kapanen struck at 6:05 of the second to restore a one-goal lead for Toronto.
Krug’s goal tied the game at 4 just 1:10 into the third.
Toronto’s Morgan Rielly left the ice in the first period after being hit in the face by a Zdeno Chara slap shot, but returned in the second. Boston’s Adam McQuaid exited in the second after spinning into the boards, but also returned.
Leo Komarov (lower-body injury) missed his fifth straight game for the Maple Leafs.