Boston’s Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist Sunday as the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 4-2 in Toronto, forcing a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk also scored, and David Pastrnak had two assists for Boston. Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots.
The winner of Game 7 on Tuesday in Boston will face Columbus, which swept top-seeded Tampa Bay.
Trailing 3-1 after two periods, the Maple Leafs cut their deficit to one as Auston Matthews rifled a shot past Rask at 4:15 of the third.
Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen, who made 37 saves, bailed out Morgan Rielly after a bad turnover with less than four minutes to go, robbing Pastrnak of a chance, but Marchand scored into an empty net with 1:54 left to seal the win.
Honor roll: Brent Burns of the Sharks, Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman and Calgary’s Mark Giordano were named finalists for the Norris Trophy, which goes to the NHL’s top defenseman.
Burns, the 2017 Norris Trophy winner, led NHL blueliners this season with 83 points. Giordano was tops among NHL defensemen with a plus-39 plus/minus rating and Hedman won the Norris Trophy last season.
Briefly: Washington wing T.J. Oshie underwent surgery to repair a broken right clavicle, an injury suffered Thursday when the Hurricanes’ Warren Foegele checked him from behind and Oshie went shoulder-first into the boards. … The Flyers have removed a statue of singer Kate Smith from outside their arena, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s singer whose “God Bless America” recording had been played during Flyers games since 1969. On Friday, the Flyers said Smith’s song had been removed from their library.
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