Leafs' Gardiner shoulders blame for Game 7 loss: 'I didn't show up'

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Perhaps there will be a sense of momentum for the Maple Leafs though, given that they won the last two games and looked particularly solid in Game 6.

Boston was able to bounce back from Patrick Marleau's pair of goals with three in the first (including a Bergeron goal in the final minute) and Torey Krug's tying goal and Jake DeBrusk's game victor were not shining moments for the "Great Dane". This is a timeline that mirrors the 2013 first round.

With the win Wednesday, Rask now improves to 2-2 in his career during Game 7 situations, but his save percentage still sits at.845. He has done much more than just "steal a game" here and there.

"You're all part of it when it goes good, you're all part of it when it doesn't", Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said.

Both teams paid their respects to the victims of the rental van attack in Toronto that killed 10 people and injured 15 more. The minutes ticked off and the final buzzer sounded with a 7-4 final score after Brad Marchand tacked on an empty-netter to win and advance to the second round.

But if there is one aspect that outweighed all others in the reasons why the Leafs season ended sooner than some thought, it was their overall defensive play, but more specifically the performance of their blueline.

"For entertainment value, that was probably one of the better Game 7s you'll see", said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who stopped just 20 of 24 shots.

Last year, and going to this year, Matthews was the guy, and toward the end, Babcock lost Matthews. When the game was looking like it was turning tides to the Leafs, David Pastrnak scored to put the B's up 6-4.

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The Toronto Maple had been here before - up a goal heading into the third period of an elimination game at TD Garden. However, Rask wouldn't allow a puck past him in the third period, but that doesn't excuse him for giving up four goals.

That the Leafs even had a chance of toppling the Bruins in a series which saw Auston Matthews score once and Frederik Andersen post a sub-.900 save percentage speaks to the feat the club almost pulled off.

Toronto defenceman Jake Gardiner was a hot mess, finishing the game with an assist, but he was a minus 5.

Both teams swapped goals throughout the opening frame before Patrice Bergeron provided the hosts with a 3-2 advantage heading into the first intermission. The Jets will have more national eyes on them against Nashville as they are the only team remaining north of the border after the Toronto Maple Leafs were eliminated by the Bruins. They got the puck deep, and Marchand - who had a miserable first two periods - got in on the forecheck. In that last game, the pair was a minus three.

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David Krejci had three assists, Kevan Miller pitched in with two assists and Rick Nash and Riley Nash also had helpers as well. LeBron James. King James hit a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Cavs a 98-95 win and a chance to close out the series in game six in Indianapolis. The rookies proved as adept as learning from the Bruins' best as they were talented with their sticks and skates. They also were outshot 245-197 in the series. Roman Polak represented the only physicality on the Toronto blueline in the series and although slow and not the greatest stickhandler in history, the veteran was effective in increased minutes against Boston. He's been wonderful in this series and looks to continue this against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

This is the first playoff series victory for the Bruins since they defeated the Detroit Red Wings in five games in the 2013/2014 playoffs.

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