Bruins don't want to think about Game 7 fallback

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm •  Published: May 11, 2013
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BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins don't need to be reminded what can happen when a team fails to put away an opponent.

The franchise that blew a 3-0 lead in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals is holding a 3-2 lead in the first round of the playoffs against the Maple Leafs. Boston was up three games to one before Toronto won 2-1 in Game 5 on Friday night.

"The one thing that has been a challenge for us in the past has been closing out series," coach Claude Julien after practice on Saturday. "And we know that; we're aware of that. But at the same time, the strength of our team has also been to bounce back from adversity and situations like that.

"As much as yesterday was proof of it, hopefully tomorrow's the proof of the other side that we are capable of bouncing back and playing the type of game we need to to close the series off."

The teams will meet again on Sunday night in Toronto, where Boston won Games 3 and 4 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Bruins have not lost on the Leafs' home ice in the playoffs since 1959.

"It doesn't give you a sense of confidence," Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said, "but you're not as afraid to go into that building."

Tyler Bozak scored a shorthanded goal, Clarke MacArthur also scored and James Reimer stopped 43 shots on Friday night as Toronto withstood a late and furious challenge in the second and third periods to avoid elimination.

"We're still kicking," Toronto defenseman Cody Franson said. "We didn't get the results we were looking for back home in the last two, but it wasn't from lack of trying."

The Maple Leafs opened a 2-0 lead and held on as Boston outshot them 32-8 for the latter part of the second period and all of the third.

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