Canadiens vs Maple Leafs: Live Score, Updates, Highlights from Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs
Here we are. Game 7. Are you ready?
When the Maple Leafs took a 3-1 best of seven series lead, no one expected him to reach this moment, but here we are. Montreal won Games 5 and 6 in overtime, staging the ultimate showdown north of the border.
“Free your mind. You have to take advantage of the moment and leave it out on the ice every shift, ”said veteran Joe Thornton, who played a Game 7 or two (and is the only one to win the Ultimate Game over Toronto) at the during his long career. “It starts with dropping the puck and ends when the whistle blows. It will be a really fun night for us.
I’m sure it’ll be more fun for the Maple Leafs and their fans if they skate with a win and advance to the second round for a meeting with the Jets. It’s been 17 years since the franchise won a playoff series and a few of those losses came in the last game of a series.
But this game 7 is slightly different from other games. For the first time in over a year, fans will be at the Scotiabank Arena to soak up it all – the good and the bad. Fully vaccinated health workers, 550 of them, will be present for Game 7.
“It’s great,” said coach Sheldon Keefe. “Obviously it will be nice to have their presence in the building tonight in terms of play and it will increase the energy in the building.”
While the fans will be back, Toronto will be without defenseman Jake Muzzin, who was injured in the second period of Game 6 and is out for three weeks. Rasmus Sandin will be in his place.
At the far end of the Canadiens’ rink, the club are playing with home money after finishing fourth in the division and making their way into that series. Carey Price (no shock here) was outstanding with a save percentage of .926 and high density goals of 1.57 recorded above par in 5v5 (by Natural Stat Trick).
The kids, Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Cole Caufield, were exceptional, with both alumni each having an overtime winner. They also get production on both ends of the ice from crafty veterans such as Shea Weber and Corey Perry.
But the last six games are no longer a factor. Now it’s Game 7 with two Original Six squads.
Will the Canadiens continue their Cinderella race? Can the Maple Leafs get the playoff ghosts, who are now breathing down their necks, behind them? This one should be a doozy.
Sporting News gets all the action as the Canadiens and Maple Leafs face off in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (still in the East):
Canadiens live score vs Maple Leafs, highlights of Game 7 of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs
8:22 p.m. – It looks like the refs put the whistles aside at the start of this one.
8:19 p.m. – Jack Campbell stops the puck behind his net and isn’t sure where to go with it. Leaves his defender under pressure but gets spit and Josh Anderson misses the wide open net from a bad angle.
8:16 p.m. – The odds are not in Toronto’s favor for a comeback victory.
The first-scoring team is 136-46 (0.747) in all 182 games 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (1-0 in 2021). So this is it.
– Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) June 1, 2021
8:13 p.m. – The leaves take things up a notch. Nick Foligno trying to find Zach Hyman on the other side of the fold but Price breaks him.
8:10 p.m. – Zach Hyman on the doorstep, in the slot, all alone is absolutely robbed by Price.
8:09 p.m. – GOAL. Neither team has managed to get the puck deep, but Eric Staal, with a big punch on his own blue line, sends Montreal the other way. Brendan Gallagher, on the wing and from the top of the circle, beats Jack Campbell five holes. The Canadians lead 1-0.
8:04 p.m. – The middle frame begins. Who will break through first?
First period: Canadiens 0, Maple Leafs 0
7:46 p.m. – The period is drawing to a close. Shots are 12-8 in favor of the Canadiens, Montreal also leading to attempted shots (20-17), according to Natural Stat Trick.
7:33 p.m. – Morgan Rielly skates from the left point and looks good, but Price makes the stop as he sees it the whole way (he has looked behind).
7:32 p.m. – The Prime Minister intervenes.
7:28 p.m. – Just under 10 minutes to go in the period and the Canadians lead 6-5 in shots.
7:25 p.m. – Good block from Nick Suzuki on TJ Brodie’s point shot. Brodie, if you remember, scored the tying goal in Game 6.
19:21 – The Maple Leafs control the game but don’t get much out of it.
7:17 p.m. – Big one-timer by Holl but Price can see it too. Interestingly, both goals Toronto scored in Game 6 were deflections.
7:16 p.m. – The Canadians try to stuff the puck past Jack Campbell on the side of the net.
7:16 p.m. – Four minutes later and Toronto lead 3-0 in shots, but all were shots Price could see.
7:11 p.m. – The puck has been dropped. Game 7 is launched.
Before the match
7:10 p.m. – Fans in the stands.
7:08 p.m. – Maple Leafs, Canadiens and NHL hold a moment of reflection before the anthem of the 215 Indigenous children found in Kamloops, B.C.
The heartbreak, shock and heartbreak of this discovery was felt around the world – with added pain for all those affected by the residential school system, where countless injustices have occurred throughout the world. Canadian history and the recent past. (2/4)
– NHL (@NHL) May 31, 2021
We remember the 215 children who lost their lives at this one residential school, as well as all the other missing and murdered Indigenous peoples, many of whom are still missing. (4/4)
– NHL (@NHL) May 31, 2021
6:40 p.m. – Maple Leafs lines.
Nick Foligno, who came back from injury on Saturday, moves to fourth row
Travis Dermott enters the top four alongside his good pal Justin Holl @TSN_Edge
– Mark Masters (@markhmasters) May 31, 2021
6:40 p.m. – Lines of Canadians.
As expected, no change to the formation of #Habs
– JF Chaumont (@JFChaumontJDM) May 31, 2021
6.30 p.m. – Toronto fans want to exorcise demons.