BOSTON – Another Game 7 matchup between Boston and Toronto, another victory for the Bruins.
Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly each had a goal and assist, Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots and the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7 on Tuesday night to wrap up their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.
Marcus Johansson added his first goal of the postseason for Boston and Charlie Coyle scored on an empty-netter late in the third. Patrice Bergeron also had a late goal.
It is the Bruins' second consecutive Game 7 victory over the Maple Leafs and third in three playoff matchups between the teams. Boston previously knocked Toronto out of the postseason with Game 7 victories in 2018 and 2013. The Maple Leafs have now lost six consecutive road Game 7s.
The teams had alternated victories in this series until the Bruins won the past two games.
"I just think the last two games, the character of this group shone," Johansson said. "We earned our way to Game 7 in Toronto and to a win tonight. That's a good feeling."
Boston advances to the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Columbus Blue Jackets, starting with Game 1 at home on Thursday night.
The Maple Leafs' loss means there are no Canadian teams remaining in the playoffs. Calgary and Winnipeg previously lost their first-round series.