July 18, 2019

N.H.L. Playoffs: Bruins Top Maple Leafs to Force a Game 7

N.H.L. Playoffs: Bruins Top Maple Leafs to Force a Game 7

Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the host Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, on Sunday, forcing a Game 7 in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk also scored, and David Pastrnak had two assists to help Boston avoid elimination. Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots for the Bruins, who will host the deciding game on Tuesday night.

Morgan Rielly and Auston Matthews scored for Toronto in a series in which neither team has managed back-to-back victories and each has won twice on the road. Frederik Andersen finished with 37 saves.

The Maple Leafs, who lost to the Bruins in seven games in 2013 and last spring, have not advanced to the second round since 2004.

With the Maple Leafs trailing by 3-1 after two periods, Matthews scored his fifth goal in the last four games as he took a pass from Jake Gardiner and rifled a shot far side on Rask at 4 minutes 15 seconds of the third.

Matthews was held without a point in the first two games of the series, and he had just two points in Toronto’s seven-game loss to Boston last spring.

Kasperi Kapanen cut in off the rush seven minutes into the period, but Rask closed the door on him to preserve Boston’s lead.

Tempers then flared midway through the period when DeBrusk and Rielly crashed into the end boards, with Rielly dealing out an extra crosscheck. Shortly thereafter, Andersen robbed DeBrusk with a glove save.

Rielly set up Matthews on another terrific chance only for the puck to hop off Matthews’s stick.

Andersen bailed out Rielly after a brutal turnover with less than four minutes to go, robbing Pastrnak, but Marchand scored into an empty net with 1:54 left.

FLYERS REMOVE SMITH STATUE The Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of the singer Kate Smith from outside Wells Fargo Center, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star who had a popular recording of “God Bless America.”

“The N.H.L. principle ‘Hockey is for Everyone’ is at the heart of everything the Flyers stand for,” the team president Paul Holmgren said in a statement. “As a result, we cannot stand idle while material from another era gets in the way of who we are today.”

On Friday, the Flyers said Smith’s “God Bless America” recording had been removed from their library, following a similar action by the Yankees, who suspended use of Smith’s recording during the seventh-inning stretch amid conflicting claims about several of her songs, including a 1939 song “That’s Why the Darkies Were Born.” The tune originated in the Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals” in 1931, when it was considered satire.

Smith’s connection with the Flyers started in 1969 when a team executive ordered her version of “God Bless America” to be played instead of “The Star Spangled Banner.” That led to her performing the song several times before big games in the 1970s. The team erected the statue in 1987, the years after she died.

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