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The only Original Six teams (and only Canadian team) still standing in the playoffs decide tonight who moves on to face the Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Six
Leaders gonna lead. (Zdeno Chara)
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Tonight decides the Bruins v. Maple Leafs first round. Game #7 (yes, once again) is at TD Garden on NESN at 7:00PM (or on NBCSN, if you like that kind of thing.)

  • Here we go again, and here’s hoping experience can carry the Bruins forward into the next round after yet another Game #7. Patriot Ledger
  • The key to the game may not be a statistical metric, but an intangible. NHL
  • How are Bruce Cassidy’s Bruins “... a bit like dogs”? ESPN
  • Seven (!) keys to Game #7 include noting that the ice conditions in Boston have not been the best. CBS Boston
  • Look back at Boston’s recent Game #7 results, bearing in mind that past results do not predict the future. CBS Boston
  • Torey Krug moved beyond some errors to come up big for his team in Game #6. Boston Herald
  • The GOAT has offered the Bruins his support tonight on Instagram. 985 The Sports Hub
  • Call it “bumping skates,” but by any other name, slewfooting still stinks- and Bruce Cassidy has communicated his concern to the NHL officiating supervisors. ESPN
  • Take a deep breath- David Krejci was not at practice yesterday, but is expected to play tonight. Bonus- projected lineup. WEEI
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, the PBruins move on from this weekend to face the Checkers in Charlotte tomorrow evening. Bruins Daily
  • Mark Divver notes that the PBruins have an uphill battle against the AHL-leading Checkers, and Jack Studnicka has been no wallflower in the series. Rinkside Rhode Island

Behind enemy lines:

  • Hey Toronto, have you addressed your penalty kill? Asking for a friend. Sporting News

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In Stanley Cup Playoff results from last night: A bunch of jerks Hurricanes frustrated the Capitals to force a Game #7. Sporting News The Stars rallied in overtime with Vezina finalist Ben Bishop to send the Predators home in their Game #6. ESPN It is do or die time for the Golden Knights (who had been up 3 games to 1) and Sharks tonight in their Game #7. Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • The underlying drama of the postgame handshake line- a primer on etiquette. The Score
  • Speaking of which, here are the Dallas Stars in the handshake like with the Predators last night. (Video, 1:42) YouTube
  • The NHL playoff format does offer what other pro league playoffs don’t- the element of surprise. Newsday
  • Excitement is building in Columbus, and a Blue Jackets practice scrimmage drew 5,200 souls! WKYC Former Bruin Adam McQuaid remains sidelined day-to-day with a reported head injury. CBC