Right here we go. Recreation 7. Are you prepared?
When the Maple Leafs took a commanding 3-1 lead within the best-of-seven collection, nobody anticipated it to succeed in this second however, properly, right here we’re. Montreal gained Video games 5 and 6 in additional time, organising the last word showdown north of the border.
“Clear your thoughts. You have to benefit from the second and go away it out on the ice each shift,” mentioned veteran Joe Thornton, who has performed in a Recreation 7 or two (and is the one one to win the last word recreation on Toronto’s roster) in his long-storied profession. “It begins with the puck drop and ends when that whistle blows. It may be an actual enjoyable night time for us.”
I am certain it is going to be extra enjoyable for the Maple Leafs and their followers in the event that they skate away with a win and advance to the second spherical for a gathering with the Jets. It has been 17 years because the franchise gained a playoff collection and some of these losses have been within the final remaining recreation of a collection.
However this Recreation 7 is barely totally different than different video games. For the primary time in over a yr, followers shall be in Scotiabank Area to soak all of it in — the great and the dangerous. Totally vaccinated healthcare staff, 550 of them, shall be in attendance for Recreation 7.
“It is terrific,” mentioned coach Sheldon Keefe. “Clearly, it will be good to have their presence within the constructing tonight by way of the sport and it will enhance vitality within the constructing.”
Whereas followers shall be again, Toronto shall be with out defenseman Jake Muzzin, who was injured within the second interval of Recreation 6 and is out three weeks. Rasmus Sandin will slot into his spot.
On the Canadiens’ finish of the rink, the membership is enjoying with home cash after ending fourth within the division and clawing their approach again into this collection. Carey Worth (no shocker right here) has been excellent with a .926 save proportion and a 1.57 Excessive-Density Targets Saved Above Common at 5v5 (per Pure Stat Trick).
The children, Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Cole Caufield, have been excellent with the previous two every potting an additional time winner. They’re additionally getting manufacturing at each ends of the ice from the wily veterans reminiscent of Shea Weber and Corey Perry.
However the final six video games are now not an element. Now it is Recreation 7 with two Authentic Six squads going at it.
Will the Canadiens proceed their Cinderella-like run? Can the Maple Leafs put the ghosts of playoffs previous, which are actually respiration down their necks, behind them? This one ought to be a doozy.
Sporting Information has all of the motion because the Canadiens and Maple Leafs go toe-to-toe in Recreation 7 within the Stanley Cup playoffs (all occasions Japanese):
Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens dwell rating, highlights from 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs Recreation 7
7:33 p.m. — Morgan Rielly skates in from the left level and has a great look however Worth makes the save as he sees all of it the way in which (he did look behind).
7:32 p.m. — The Prime Minister weighs in.
7:28 p.m. — Just below 10 minutes left within the interval and Canadiens lead 6-5 in pictures.
7:25 p.m. — Good block by Nick Suzuki on TJ Brodie level shot. Brodie, when you recall, scored the game-tying aim in Recreation 6.
7:21 p.m. — Maple Leafs controlling play however not getting a lot out of it.
7:17 p.m. — Huge one-timer by Holl however Worth can see it too. Of observe, the 2 targets Toronto scored in Recreation 6 have been deflections.
7:16 p.m. — Canadiens attempt to stuff the puck in previous Jack Campbell together with the online.
7:16 p.m. — 4 minutes in and Toronto leads 3-0 in pictures however all have been pictures Worth might see.
7:11 p.m. — Puck has been dropped. Recreation 7 is on.
7:10 p.m. — Followers within the stands.
7:08 p.m. — Maple Leafs, Canadiens and NHL maintain a second of reflection previous to the anthem for the 215 indigenous youngsters present in Kamloops, B.C.
6:40 p.m. — Maple Leafs’ traces.
Nick Foligno, who returned from damage on Saturday, drops to fourth line
Travis Dermott strikes into high 4 alongside good pal Justin Holl @TSN_Edge
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) Might 31, 2021
6:40 p.m. — Canadiens traces.
Comme prévu, aucun changement à la formation des #Habs
— J-F Chaumont (@JFChaumontJDM) Might 31, 2021
6:30 p.m. — Toronto followers wish to exorcise the demons.