May 13: Leafs 4 at Bruins 5 (OT)
Forward lines: van Riemsdyk-Kadri-Kessel, Lupul-Colborne-Frattin, MacArthur-Grabovski-Kulemin, McClement-Komarov-Orr.
Defence pairings: Phaneuf-Gunnarsson, Liles-O’Byrne, Franson-Gardiner
Goaltenders: Reimer (Loss, 66:05 minutes played, 30 saves, 1 GA), Scrivens (0:00)
Such was the dichotomy of the Leafs playoff season.
The underdogs stayed long enough in the Eastern Conference Final to force a Game 7. And played well enough to win the decisive game. For 58 minutes.
When Nazem Kadri extended Toronto’s lead to 4-1, the TD Garden in Boston was deflated. The Bruins defence looked worn out, with Zdeno Chara’s shifts being overextended due to the absence of Dennis Seidenberg who was injured earlier in the game.