Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk both had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 42 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Saturday night to force a sixth game.
Connor Brown and Andreas Johnsson also took the lead for the Maple Leafs, who trailed 3-2 in the series. The two teams will compete on Monday at the Air Canada Center for the sixth game.
Noel Acciari, with a goal and an assist, David Backes and Sean Kuraly responded for the Bruins, who saw their number-one center Patrice Bergeron return to training. Bergeron missed the fourth game due to an upper-body injury. Torey Krug was an accomplice of two goals of hers.
Tuukka Rask allowed four goals on 13 shots before being chased out of the game. In relief, Anton Khudobin was perfect in front of eight shots.
The last time the two teams came up in the playoffs, in 2013, the Maple Leafs cleared a 3-1 deficit to force a seventh game. They led 4-1 in the third period of Game 7 when the Bruins came from behind to triumph 5-4 in overtime.
This time, 4-2 behind in the third, the Bruins came close to a goal at 5:56 am when Acciari deceived Andersen’s caution. Defender Charlie McAvoy hit the post a few minutes earlier.
Andersen then made a great right leg stop at David Pastrnak’s expense to keep the Maple Leafs going.
The Bruins continued to put a lot of pressure on visitors in the last 10 minutes, but the Maple Leafs held on to give themselves a chance to play again in front of their fans.
Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock juggled his trios and his changes quickly paid dividends.
Brown opened the score after 6:36 of play by surprising Rask from the mouth of the net. It was only Brown’s second goal in his last 27 games. The Maple Leafs doubled their lead less than four minutes later when Nazem Kadri spotted Johnsson for his first career goal in the playoffs.
The Bruins took advantage of a numerical advantage to narrow the gap. Backes took advantage of a whimsical leap from the bay window to thwart Andersen.
The Maple Leafs, however, moved the strings twice in 79 seconds. Bozak completed a nice passing game with Morgan Rielly and van Riemsdyk before setting the table for van Riemsdyk’s success.