Patrice Bergeron’s squad clawed its way back from the brink of elimination in Game 6 to force a winner-take-all affair back home at TD Garden. The veteran squad clinched the series win Tuesday to advance to the second round for the second straight year.
Boston bowed out of the second round in five games last year at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning. They’ll take on Columbus this time around, with the Blue Jackets having wrapped up a shocking first-round upset of the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bolts on April 16.
The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, head into an off-season of reflection with a number of key names in need of new contracts — including restricted free agents Mitch Marner, Kasperi Kapanen, and Andreas Johnsson, as well as unrestricted free agent Jake Gardiner.
More to come.
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