Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Leafs force Game 7

TORONTO — Captain Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel scored third-period goals and the Maple Leafs edged the Bruins 2-1 Sunday to send their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series back to Boston for Game 7 tonight.

The only time Toronto has come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series was the 1942 Stanley Cup final against the Red Wings. The Leafs trailed 3-0 before reeling off four straight wins.

The Leafs are the 48th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit to force Game 7.

For Phaneuf, scoring was a bit of redemption after being involved in the play that led to the Bruins' overtime winner in Game 4. His goal at 1:48 of the third period came after Nazem Kadri ripped a wrist shot that was tipped in by Phaneuf, who had made his way to the front of the goal after continuing his rush.

"I felt that I owed it to the guys," said Phaneuf, whose decision to pinch in and hit Boston's Nathan Horton resulted in an odd-man rush that led to the OT goal in Game 4.

Boston coach Claude Julien was critical of his team's puck management and decision-making. "We've been a Jekyll-and-Hyde hockey team all year, and that's what you're seeing right now," he said. "I think it's important to us to bring the good Bruins team to the table for Game 7."

As if the Bruins didn't have enough problems in Toronto, their plane broke down and they couldn't get back to Boston on Sunday night. They expected to be able to fly back this morning, general manager Peter Chiarelli said.

Rangers shut out Caps to force Game 7, too

NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots for his seventh playoff shutout as the Rangers forced Game 7 in their East quarterfinal with the Capitals with a 1-0 win.

Game 7 is tonight at Washington.

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner was perfect in making Derick Brassard's second-period goal stand up.

"We needed it. There was desperation out there," Lundqvist said. "We showed a lot of character and worked really hard. It was that type of game where you pay the price — big saves, physical. Great win."

The Rangers stayed composed and played a disciplined game in which they took no penalties until a big scrum after the final buzzer.

The Capitals had no power plays in a game for the first time in more than a year.

"That was outlandish," forward Troy Brouwer said.

The Rangers earned Game 7 wins at home in last year's playoffs over Ottawa and Washington. If they pull out this victory, it would give them just their second series win after falling behind 0-2.

Senators: No. 1 center Jason Spezza practiced with for the first time since having back surgery for a herniated disc Feb. 1. "I may not play this year, but for me it's a small victory," he said. "But I'm going to keep pushing towards getting better so I can try to play." The Senators face the Penguins in the East semifinals beginning this week. Coach Paul MacLean repeated his contention that Spezza is "a long ways away" from playing.

boogaard family sues nhl: The family of enforcer Derek Boogaard, who died at 28 from an overdose of prescription painkillers and alcohol in 2011, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the league.

Boogaard played six seasons for the Wild and Rangers. He was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., a brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head.

"To distill this to one sentence," family lawyer William Gibbs said, "you take a young man, you subject him to trauma, you give him pills for that trauma, he becomes addicted to those pills, you promise to treat him for that addiction, and you fail."

The league declined to comment to the New York Times.

The suit does not seek specific damages. It was filed by the Chicago law firm of Corboy and Demetrio, which brought a similar case against the NFL in 2012 on behalf of Dave Duerson, a former Bears player who committed suicide in 2011 at 50 and was diagnosed with C.T.E. His suit has been consolidated with those of roughly 4,200 former NFL players suing the league for damages incurred during their careers.

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First PeriodNone. PenaltiesLiles, Tor (delay of game), 2:12; McQuaid, Bos (interference), 16:28; van Riemsdyk, Tor (goaltender interference), 17:52.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period1, Toronto, Phaneuf 1 (Kadri, van Riemsdyk), 1:48. 2, Toronto, Kessel 3 (van Riemsdyk, Franson), 8:59. 3, Boston, Lucic 1 (Jagr, Chara), 19:34. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalBoston 8-10-12—30. Toronto 7-9-10—26. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 0 of 2; Toronto 0 of 1. GoaliesBoston, Rask 3-3-0 (26 shots-24 saves). Toronto, Reimer 3-3-0 (30-29).

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First PeriodNone. PenaltiesHillen, Was (roughing), 10:01; Alzner, Was (delay of game), 16:00; Fehr, Was (elbowing), 17:16.

Second Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Brassard 2 (Moore, Zuccarello), 9:39. PenaltiesNone.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesWard, Was (cross-checking), 5:34; Green, Was (cross-checking), 13:46; Brouwer, Was (roughing), 20:00; Carlson, Was (roughing), 20:00; Girardi, NYR (roughing), 20:00; Stepan, NYR (roughing), 20:00. Shots on GoalWashington 8-7-12—27. N.Y. Rangers 12-10-7—29. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 0 of 0; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 5. GoaliesWashington, Holtby 3-3-0 (29 shots-28 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 3-3-0 (27-27).

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