One thing came for certain last night after their 3-1 victory at the Air Canada Centre, the Toronto Maple Leafs will face the Boston Bruins in a do or die Game 7 in the Eastern Conference First Round at TD Garden on Wednesday night. While all the other matchups are in place for the second round of the series across the National Hockey League, the Tampa Bay Lightning is still waiting to see who will go on to the next round to face them in a division showdown.
Frederik Andersen made 32 saves and the Maple Leafs, who trailed the best-of-7 series 3-1, won at home to force a Game 7. William Nylander, Mitchell Marner and Tomas Plekanec scored for the Leafs, who have won the past two games. While the fan base knew at the start of the series when the potential seventh contest would be, they are still in the dark when it comes to the schedule of the second round.
John Shannon of Sportnets noted on his social media account that there are still some issues with scheduling since some teams in the NBA are still competing in their playoff season. There are some building conflicts but for now, Shannon provided an idea of what the schedule would be.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals will face off in their first game of the second round series on Thursday night. Later that same night, it should be the first contest of the series between the San Jose Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights.
The Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators will hold their first game of the series on Friday evening. As as for the Tampa Bay Lighting, they will face the winner of Game 7 between the Bruins and the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
We bet the Lighting will be watching closely on Wednesday night who they will face off in the second round. According to NHL.com, the Bruins are 13-12 all-time in Game 7s, including 12-8 on home ice. This will mark Boston's 26th appearance in a Game 7, breaking a tie with the Detroit Red Wings (25) for the most in NHL history. The Maple Leafs are 12-10 all-time in Game 7s, including 5-9 on the road.