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Lightning wait goes on: Leafs top Bruins to force Game 7

TORONTO — Frederik Andersen made 32 saves as the Maple Leafs defeated the Bruins 3-1 to force a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series Monday night.

William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Tomas Plekanec, into an empty net, scored for the Leafs, who trailed the series 3-1 before winning two straight to force Game 7 on Wednesday in Boston.

The winner of this series faces the Lightning in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Jake DeBrusk replied for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots.

There was a moment of silence before the opening faceoff at Air Canada Centre to honor the 10 people killed Monday when a van mounted a sidewalk in Toronto’s north end and struck multiple pedestrians. Fifteen were injured.

Scoreless after an end-to-end first period, the Bruins grabbed a 1-0 lead 1:02 into the second when David Krejci won a faceoff after an icing against Auston Matthews right to DeBrusk, who ripped a shot between Andersen’s arm and body.

Toronto responded just 35 seconds later when Nylander buried a rebound off a Jake Gardiner shot from the point for his first goal of the playoffs.

The Leafs then took an unlikely lead completely against the run of play with 6:35 left in the period when Marner was quickest to a loose puck in the slot and beat Rask with a backhand to the far post after Marchand couldn’t clear.

Plekanec iced it into an empty net with 1:14 to play.

Capitals move on: Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Washington got three goals in the third period to beat host Columbus 6-3 to clinch the series in six games. Nick Foligno had two goals for the Blue Jackets, who won the first two games in Washington but then lost four straight, three of those games at home.

Around the league: The Wild split with general manager Chuck Fletcher after nine seasons with only two playoff series wins. … The Flames hired Bill Peters as coach, three days he resigned as coach of the Hurricanes after four seasons and with a year remaining on his contract. The Flames fired Glen Gulutzan last week after missing the playoffs with a 37-35-10 record. … The Islanders’ Mathew Barzal, the Canucks’ Brock Boeser and the Coyotes’ Clayton Keller are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the league’s best rookie. The winner will be announced June 20.

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