Final seconds of Bruins-Leafs Game 7 featured a devastatingly bad beat

Final seconds of Bruins-Leafs Game 7 featured a devastatingly bad beat

The bounce is everything.

Babcock joined the Maple Leafs ahead of the 2015-16 season and after a rough first season the team has qualified for the playoffs in three consecutive years - something the team hadn't done since before the 2004 lockout. In a seventh game, you grab the bounce when it comes your way because, in a seventh game, the bounce is life.

He might have looked a little like he did, 2 minutes, 40 seconds into the third period of Boston's 5-1 win in Game 7 Tuesday.

The Leafs lost to the Bruins in seven games at this stage of the playoffs last spring after falling to Boston in a crushing Game 7 loss in 2013, although defenceman Jake Gardiner and suspended centre Nazem Kadri are the only players that remain on the roster from that miserable night.

The Leafs are the third and final Canadian team to be eliminated in the first round.

"It's sad to see it end the way it did", Leafs centre Auston Matthews said.

Cassidy said early in the series that even though Kuraly was on the fourth line, his presence was missed.

For the past two playoff series between the Bruins and the Maple Leafs, it always proved true that the B's needed offense from Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak if they expected to win. Sooner or later, it gives everybody a chance.

Goalie Frederik Anderson played incredibly well in the first six games of the series but had another Game 7 dud in Toronto's net. "That was a good one. To go in, early in the third and get the two-goal lead back, I thought after that our guys were outstanding". Instead, the puck was kept in at the blue line, and just seconds later, Joakim Nordstrom found a hole in Frederik Andersen and opened the scoring for the home side. The video replay looks like it was done by an SFX shop. Andersen might have never seen the puck.

"Like any other game day, I guess", the 21-year old said. "I thought our series this year compared to last year, we were a way better hockey club". The game is played on the ice by us. "It was good to get one going our way".

"Well, one is puck management", Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said when asked about slowing Tavares and Marner. We've improved our team drastically, you've witnessed it. "A guy like Nordstrom is good for that". It's the second straight year Boston knocked out Toronto in a Game 7.

It was déjà vu all over again for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

There was 17:20 left in the game, but the series unofficially ended as Kuraly celebrated.

"Any time you can contribute offensively is a good feeling", Kuraly said. "A lot of us, we rely on our experience, and we try to share that with the younger guys".

"They're playing really well and probably one of the hottest teams in the league right now after taking down Tampa", he said. The bounce is not luck-not entirely, anyway-nor is it the residue of design.

"It helps you react better". The bounce is the place where you lose yourself and the moment, the play, and the game find you, and it's nearly always a surprise, even to you, at least if you're a third or fourth line player on a playoff hockey team.

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