By Mike Harrington
TORONTO -- It was a wild night in the Air Canada Centre and outside in Maple Leaf Square as the Leafs posted a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins to force Game Seven Monday night in TD Garden.
Be sure to read my column in Monday's editions of The News about the great atmosphere surrounding Game Six, which was the Leafs' first home playoff win since 2004 and first against Boston since 1959 (!). Click the two videos above for how things looked outside when the two goals were scored.
Here are some other random thoughts I have after Game Six:
James Reimer: He did a great job in goal for the Leafs. In position, control in the crease, few rebounds. Roberto Luongo even tweeted "Reims4Sochi" after the game. Told about that, Reimer joked, "He becomes a friend right away I guess."
Star power: Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf scored goals. James van Riemsdyk had several good chances. Big edge for the Leafs as Boston's David Krejci had no shots on goal and Zdeno Chara was on the ice for both Leafs goals even though he played a game-high 28:26.
Injuries: Tyler Bozak, who scored the key short-handed goal for Toronto in Game Five, was a late scratch and is rumored to have a shoulder injury. Boston defenseman Andrew Ference also was a surprise scratch with some speculation about the flu. The return of either in Game Seven would make a big difference.
Momentum: The Leafs said afterward this game was already over in their minds and they were on to Game 7. And they'll be snug in their Boston beds ready to go. The Bruins, however, learned during Game Six there was a problem with their plane and they were stuck in Toronto overnight. They'll have to get up Monday, fly home -- and then play Game Seven Monday night. NHL teams never do that except on Dec. 26. To do it to play Game Seven of a playoff series? Very interesting to see the impact.
Second round: The Leafs-Bruins winner plays Monday night's Rangers-Capitals winner. So there's no advantage there. But Pittsburgh and Ottawa are collecting rest prior to opening their series and could stand to benefit longterm if either can win a short series.