Here we go. Game 7. Are you prepared?
When the Maple Leafs took a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven collection, nobody anticipated it to succeed in this second however, nicely, right here we’re. Montreal received Games 5 and 6 in extra time, establishing the final word showdown north of the border.
“Clear your mind. You’ve got to enjoy the moment and leave it out on the ice every shift,” mentioned veteran Joe Thornton, who has performed in a Game 7 or two (and is the one one to win the final word sport on Toronto’s roster) in his long-storied profession. “It starts with the puck drop and ends when that whistle blows. It’s going to be a real fun night for us.”
I’m certain it will likely 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 for the reason that franchise received a playoff collection and some of these losses have been in the final word last sport of a collection.
But this Game 7 is barely completely different than different video games. For the primary time in over a yr, followers might be in Scotiabank Arena to soak all of it in — the great and the unhealthy. Fully vaccinated healthcare staff, 550 of them, might be in attendance for Game 7.
“It’s terrific,” mentioned coach Sheldon Keefe. “Obviously, it’ll be nice to have their presence in the building tonight in terms of the game and it’ll increase energy in the building.”
While followers might be again, Toronto might be with out defenseman Jake Muzzin, who was injured in the second interval of Game 6 and is out three weeks. Rasmus Sandin will slot into his spot.
On the Canadiens’ finish of the rink, the membership is taking part in with home cash after ending fourth in the division and clawing their manner again into this collection. Carey Price (no shocker right here) has been excellent with a .926 save proportion and a 1.57 High-Density Goals Saved Above Average at 5v5 ( per Natural Stat Trick ).
The children, Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Cole Caufield, have been excellent with the previous two every potting an extra time winner. They’re additionally getting manufacturing at each ends of the ice from the wily veterans akin to Shea Weber and Corey Perry.
But the final six video games are not an element. Now it is Game 7 with two Original 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 respiratory down their necks, behind them? This one needs to be a doozy.
Sporting News had all of the motion because the Canadiens despatched the Maple Leafs packing in Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs (all occasions Eastern):
Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs stay rating, highlights from 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs Game 7
Third interval: Canadiens 3, Maple Leafs 1
9:30 p.m. — GOAL. Puck comes out to William Nylander who breaks via with Price screened. Canadiens lead 3-1.
9:28 p.m. — EN GOAL. Tyler Toffoli from simply above his personal blue line goes proper down the center. Canadiens lead 3-0.
9:27 p.m. — Another huge cease by Price. He’s been phenomenal in this one.
9:26 p.m. — With 3:35 left and a faceoff deep, Keefe pulls the netminder.
9:24 p.m. — Less than 5 minutes to go.
9:21 p.m. — Joel Armia snags the bouncing puck and Campbell with a strong pad cease to maintain it a two-goal sport.
9:19 p.m. — Price goes post-to-post to disclaim Nylander after which a couple of seconds later cease Matthews.
9:15 p.m. — Foligno was taken down away from the play and Shea Weber goes to the field. Toronto will get an influence play and it is honest to say they want one right here.
9:15 p.m. — Nine minutes to go and Toronto nonetheless wants two.
9:14 p.m. — Morgan Rielly off the push will get a shot via the protection however Price simply turns it apart.
9:11 p.m. — Matthews streaking in is checked and drops to Zach Hyman who is robbed by Price off the shoulder.
9:10 p.m. — Kudos to the Canadiens GM and coach for sporting crimson fits.
9:06 p.m. — Matthews with a shot that is turned apart by Price.
9:01 p.m. — Leafs energy play is disconnected to begin the interval and so they can not rating with the person benefit.
9:00 p.m. — Price once more makes the cease on Zach Hyman in entrance as he tries to redirect the shot.
8:59 p.m. — The third interval begins with the Maple Leafs on the facility play for 2 full minutes.
8:53 p.m. — Through two intervals, Toronto’s forwards have six photographs. Yikes.
Second interval: Canadiens 2, Maple Leafs 0
8:41 p.m. — Second interval ends and the Maple Leafs will begin the third interval on the facility play.
8:40 p.m. — Maple Leafs pull Campbell for the faceoff with 0.2 left however nothing going.
8:39 p.m. — Clock stops with 0.2 on the clock as Joel Armia takes out Travis Dermott away from the play.
8:37 p.m. — Jack Campbell with a essential glove cease.
8:33 p.m. — PP GOAL. Corey Perry doing Corey Perry issues and screening the goalie, has the shot by Nick Suzuki go off him and in. Canadiens lead 2-0.
8:30 p.m. — Pierre Engvall will get referred to as for holding Cole Caufield. Canadiens get the primary energy play of the sport.
8:24 p.m. — Holl’s level shot is deflected and Price makes the tough save.
8:23 p.m. — Auston Matthews on a 2-on-1 is stopped by Price.
8:22 p.m. — Seems the referees have put the whistles away early in this one.
8:19 p.m. — Jack Campbell stops the puck behind his net and is not certain the place to go together with it. Leaves it for his defenseman underneath strain however will get coughed up and Josh Anderson misses the wide-open net from a nasty angle.
8:16 p.m. — Odds usually are not in Toronto’s favor for a comeback win.
The crew that scores first is 136-46 (.747) in the 182 all-time Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (1-0 in 2021). So there’s that.
— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) June 1, 2021
8:13 p.m. — Leafs are turning issues up a notch. Nick Foligno looking for Zach Hyman on the opposite aspect of the crease however Price breaks it up.
8:10 p.m. — Zach Hyman on the doorstep, in the slot, on their own is completely robbed by Price.
8:09 p.m. — GOAL. Neither crew in a position to get the puck deep however then Eric Staal with a big-time poke-check at his personal blue line sends Montreal the opposite manner. Brendan Gallagher, on the off-wing and from the highest of the circle, beats Jack Campbell five-hole. Canadiens lead 1-0.
8:04 p.m. — Middle body begins. Who will break via first?
First interval: Canadiens 0, Maple Leafs 0
7:46 p.m. — Period involves an finish. Shots are 12-8 in favor of the Canadiens with Montreal additionally main in shot makes an attempt (20-17), according to Natural Stat Trick .
7:33 p.m. — Morgan Rielly skates in from the left level and has a great look however Price makes the save as he sees all of it the best way (he did look behind).
7:32 p.m. — The Prime Minister weighs in.
7:28 p.m. — Just underneath 10 minutes left in the interval and Canadiens lead 6-5 in photographs.
7:25 p.m. — Good block by Nick Suzuki on TJ Brodie level shot. Brodie, should you recall, scored the game-tying aim in Game 6.
7:21 p.m. — Maple Leafs controlling play however not getting a lot out of it.
7:17 p.m. — Big one-timer by Holl however Price can see it too. Of word, the 2 targets Toronto scored in Game 6 have been deflections.
7:16 p.m. — Canadiens attempt to stuff the puck in previous Jack Campbell along with the net.
7:16 p.m. — Four minutes in and Toronto leads 3-0 in photographs however all have been photographs Price might see.
7:11 p.m. — Puck has been dropped. Game 7 is on.
7:10 p.m. — Fans in the stands.
7:08 p.m. — Maple Leafs, Canadiens and NHL maintain a second of reflection previous to the anthem for the 215 indigenous kids discovered in Kamloops, B.C.
The grief, shock, and heartbreak of this discovery was felt around the globe – with added ache for all those that have been affected by the residential college system, the place numerous injustices occurred all through Canada’s historical past and in the current previous. (2/4)
— NHL (@NHL) May 31, 2021
We keep in mind the 215 kids who misplaced their lives at this single residential college, in addition to all different lacking and murdered Indigenous folks, lots of whom are nonetheless unaccounted for. (4/4)
— NHL (@NHL) May 31, 2021
6:40 p.m. — Maple Leafs’ traces.
Nick Foligno, who returned from damage on Saturday, drops to fourth line
Travis Dermott strikes into prime 4 alongside good pal Justin Holl @TSN_Edge
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) May 31, 2021
6:40 p.m. — Canadiens traces.
Comme prévu, aucun changement à la formation des #Habs
— J-F Chaumont (@JFChaumontJDM) May 31, 2021
6:30 p.m. — Toronto followers need to exorcise the demons.