The battle-tested visitors had counterpunched. Many are cautiously optimistic, knowing Boston will bring everything they have to try and tie the series.
"We're a very confident group", Brown said post-game in an empty Leafs locker room. "As soon as we had a little adversity and they scored twice, we didn't recover". Mitch (Marner) has blocked some shots and some points early in the series, I think the defence as a whole has been shutting down their teams best players.
However, the Bruins pulled themselves together after that rough start and managed to head into the first intermission leading by one thanks to a couple of power play goals.
There's a precedent for Game 7, too, after the Leafs lost the deciding game of Round 1 a year ago, and in 2013 at TD Garden. "We have to find a way to get to the inside a lot more". "That's what our focus is on". Especially this year as either team will likely be pegged as Stanley Cup favorites after the Blue Jackets' shocking sweep of the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning.
Toronto outshot Boston 42-31 in the game, including 30-17 after the first period.
"It's all small details", Matthews said of what's been the difference in a series where the road club has a 4-2 record.
"It's a team effort really", explained Clark.
"It's a concern tonight, any way you look at it - I thought we really started good, they scored on the power play on the first (penalty)".
Frederik Andersen stopped 37 shots for the Leafs, who lost to the Bruins in seven games in both 2013 and last spring, and have not advanced to the second round of the playoffs since 2004. But the more experienced Bruins withstood the early push and took advantage of one of the Leafs' key weaknesses - their penalty killing - to score two power-play goals, seize the game and, with a 4-2 win, force a deciding game on Tuesday.
Rielly then set up Matthews on another terrific chance only to see his pass hop over the star centre's stick as Toronto turned up the pressure. Up next for the current coach: Slaying those ugly Game 7 demons. "And Tavares, Matthews, they all are", says Leafs fan Ray Hayman. "We've just got to continue to be patient". The Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 4-2. Marchand has notched 11 points (six goals, five assists) in elimination games during his decade-long career. Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said after the game. "This is the kind of thing we talked about, trying to hit our ceiling". Rask went 27-18 with a 2.48 GAA on the year overall, including 12-10 with a 2.65 GAA out on the road and 1-0 with a 2.00 GAA against the Maple Leafs. "It's time for us to stop having the breakdowns".
"We've got a one-game series against these guys", Babcock said looking ahead to Tuesday.
"When you don't let them get into the offensive zone too much it silences the crowd and the team", he added.