They grew up watching Game 7s as children. Now the Toronto Maple Leafs — the youngest team in the NHL playoffs — get to play one.
It’s Leafs vs. Bruins on Monday night at the TD Garden, with the winner advancing to the second round against the winner of Washington-New York Rangers.
“It’s do-or-die Game 7,” said captain Dion Phaneuf. “We’re looking forward to the challenge of that. I think our team has grown through the series.”

The Leafs have won the last two games of the series, climbing back from a 3-games-to-1 deficit. The pressure may well be on the Bruins, who were expected to have an easy time putting Toronto away.
Even though they have very little by way of collective playoff experience, the Leafs say they are ready for whatever the Bruins send their way.
“This is what you play for,” said forward Jay McClement. “You always think about Game 7s in a special environment. The intensity, everything on the line. It doesn’t get bigger than this.
“We’ve learnt on the fly. You can see the difference in our composure from Game 1 to now. They’re a veteran team. They’ve been in Game 7s before. We expect they’ll bring their A Game. We have to be better than we were (Sunday) night.”