Bruins Face Increased Pressure in Game 7 Against Maple Leafs

The Boston Bruins have shifted the playoff pressure onto themselves by failing to close out their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, leading to a decisive Game 7 despite previously leading the series 3-1 and dealing with the historical context of recent playoff failures.

The Boston Bruins? Yeah, they’ve somehow done the unthinkable. They’ve shifted nearly all the playoff pressure from the Toronto Maple Leafs squarely onto their own shoulders.

Thursday night was a letdown. Again. They lost 2-1 to the Maple Leafs in Game 6. That’s right, a second loss in a row, forcing a do-or-die Game 7 in Boston. Nobody in Boston wanted this. Honestly, it’s pretty shocking they’re in this spot at all.

After dominating the first four games and snagging a 3-1 series lead, they’ve just… crumbled. Games 5 and 6? They let Toronto claw their way back into contention.

And get this—Toronto’s comeback is happening without Auston Matthews. Yeah, the NHL’s top goal-scorer. He’s missed the last two games, and his Game 7 status? Up in the air.

For the Bruins, this is a nightmare. They’re still haunted by last year’s disaster—blowing a 3-1 series lead in the first round of the 2023 playoffs. That team set an NHL record with 65 regular season wins. Everyone thought they’d cruise to the Stanley Cup. Nope. They got bounced after losing three straight to the No. 8 seed Florida Panthers, who then made a Cinderella run to the Final.

With those three losses, plus a Game 7 loss in the 2022 playoffs and these two recent defeats to Toronto, that’s six straight games where the Bruins could’ve clinched a series but didn’t.

That’s a huge issue. And if they lose on Saturday? Oh boy, the questions about the team’s core and head coach Jim Montgomery will be loud.

Toronto’s in a weird spot, too. They’re trying to shake off their own bad rep. Six straight Game 7 losses, including three to Boston, and just one playoff series win in the last seven years with their star-studded roster. Another Game 7 defeat and early exit? Totally unacceptable.

But even with all that history, the spotlight’s on the Bruins. Especially since Toronto’s been pushing without Matthews.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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