Boston Bruins right wing David Backes (42) picks up a penalty after Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) takes an elbow to the head during third period NHL round one playoff hockey action in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. Leafs defenseman Roman Polak (46) looks to clear the puck. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
BOSTON -- Toronto coach Mike Babcock thinks his Maple Leafs should cherish the chance to play in Wednesday night's Game 7 of their first-round series with the Boston Bruins.
"You're a kid playing outside road hockey, it's the seventh game and you're scoring a winning goal in overtime," Babcock said after his Leafs won their second straight and evened the series with a 3-1 victory in Toronto on Monday night.
"That's just the way it was your whole life," he continued. "No one else in hockey is playing right now, they're all stopped and watching and that's always some, but I think just the opportunity, you get to go on. I think there's obviously a lot on the line that way and we'd like to play in the next round, Boston wants to play in the next round, something's got to give. We're excited for the opportunity and enjoy the rest of today. Get ready tomorrow.