The Toronto Maple Leafs won this one for their city.
Frederik Andersen stopped 32 shots, leading the Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday night, forcing a decisive Game 7 in the first-round series.
The victory came hours after 10 people were killed when a van drove onto a sidewalk in Toronto's north end and struck multiple pedestrians. Most of the players woke from their pregame naps to learn of the incident at 1:30 p.m. that also injured 15 people.
"We're sending all our love," said Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner, who scored the tiebreaking goal and added an assist. "This is a big win for us after an emotional day."
There was a moment of silence for the victims and their families prior the opening faceoff at Air Canada Centre.
William Nylander and Tomas Plekanec also scored for Toronto. Nikita Zaitsev added two assists, and Plekanec also had one. The Maple Leafs, who trailed the series 3-1 before winning two straight, were behind 1-0 early in the second period of this one.
Jake DeBrusk scored for the Bruins, and Tuukka Rask — pulled in Game 5 at home, finished with 27 saves.
The Maple Leafs went ahead with 6:35 left in the second period when Marner was quickest to a loose puck in the slot and beat Rask with a backhand to the far post.
Toronto killed off its first penalty early in the third, and was then left fuming when David Backes elbowed Andersen in the mask, but was only assessed an offsetting roughing minor when Roman Polak came to his goalie's defense.
The Leafs couldn't connect on their third power play moments later, and Andersen stoned Sean Kuraly with under 10 minutes to go.
Rask then robbed Nylander off a great feed from Auston Matthews.
"Give them credit, they protected their house," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.
Washington 6, Columbus 3: Alex Ovechkin scored twice, including his 50th playoff goal, and Braden Holtby had 35 saves to lift the Capitals, who closed out the series with the Blue Jackets in six games despite dropping the first two at home.
They will face the Penguins in the next round. Washington coach Barry Trotz didn't want to talk about Pittsburgh yet.
"Please let me breathe," he said. Chandler Stephenson had a goal and an assist for Washington, which never trailed in the game after prevailing in extra time in Game 5 on Saturday.
The Capitals won each of the three games in Columbus. The story for the Blue Jackets in the four-game stretch was their power-play futility. After going 4-for-8 with a man advantage in the first two games, the Blue Jackets were 0-for-16 in the last four.
"Beginning of the series, our power play was going," said Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno, who scored twice Monday. "We were scoring at will. For whatever reason, it dried out."