NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson checks Bruins forward David Pastrnak during Sunday’s Game 6. The teams play Game 7 of their first-round playoff series tonight in Boston.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins have been here before.

They will play a seventh game in a first-round playoff series at Boston tonight for the second season in a row and for the third time since 2013.

The Bruins forced the latest showdown with a 4-2 victory in Toronto on Sunday afternoon. Each team has won twice on the road in this series.

Although Boston won the Game 7 clashes in 2013 and 2018, both teams are claiming indifference to what happened in the past.

“I’m not a big believer of living in the past,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. “I don’t carry a lot of stuff around from the past at all. The bottom line is we’ve got a one-game series against these guys and we like each other, we like our group, we like hanging around together, we want to be together. The only way you get to be together is if you play good and execute and win.”

Bruins left winger Jake DeBrusk, who scored a goal Sunday, said the success in Game 7 last year does not matter.

“No, to be honest, probably the only thing is home ice,” he said. “But they’ve already won twice there. It’s one of those things where you try to forget the past whether it’s this series or last year’s series.”

Toronto started Game 6 with energy and scored the first goal of the game in the first period. Boston came back with two power-play goals and led 2-1 after the first period. It could have been more without a couple of superb saves by Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen.

Boston had a 41-24 advantage in shots on goal for the game.

Toronto defenseman Jake Muzzin feels the Maple Leafs did not handle the setbacks in Game 6 as well as they had in earlier games of the series.

“We’re going to have to maintain our composure on the bench and in the room and go in there with the same attitude that we’ve gone in there before and I think we’ll be OK,” Muzzin said Monday.

“We’re not going to look at anything that’s happened in the past and expect it to play out a certain way,” said Bruins left winger Brad Marchand, who scored twice on Sunday, including the clincher into an empty net. “We’re fighting for our season again next game. We don’t know how it’s going to play out, but we’re going to have fun doing it.”

The Bruins played their best game of the series in Game 6 and will try to carry it over to Game 7.

“Obviously we’re desperate, but this is the kind of thing we talked about (Saturday), trying to hit your ceiling,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We got as close to it (Sunday) as I’ve seen in a long time.”

A key for the Maple Leafs will be to avoid penalties. The Bruins are 7-for-16 (43.75 percent) on the power play in the series after going 2-for-2 on Sunday. Toronto was 0-for-3 on the power play Sunday and is 3-for-14 (21.42 percent) on the series.

“Obviously, them getting two on the power play is not what we wanted,” said Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly, who scored the first goal of the game Sunday. “It’s important that we get that sorted out on the penalty kill.”