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The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to end a streak of Game 7 misfortune when they take on the Boston Bruins in the decisive matchup of their first round 2019 Stanley Cup playoff series.

Going on the road and winning a Game 7 has been incredibly diffcult for the Leafs. Their last two such losses came at TD Garden -- the site of Tuesday's Game 7 -- in 2013 and 2018, but the streak actually goes back to 1995.

The Bruins are about to play in their 11th Game 7 of the salary cap era (2005 to the present), and they are 5-5 in those contests. At the Garden, they're 2-0 against the Leafs, 1-1 against the Montreal Canadiens, 0-1 against the Washington Capitals, 0-1 against the Philadelphia Flyers, 0-1 against the Carolina Hurricanes  and 1-0 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Boston also has a decisive edge in Stanley Cup playoff experience overall compared to Toronto. The B's have several players with Stanley Cup-winning experience, while the Leafs have only one player (defenseman Jake Muzzin) with a championship ring.

 

The Leafs are under more pressure to win this Game 7. Sure, the Bruins are at home, but Toronto went out and signed a superstar center in John Tavares during free agency and traded for Muzzin. The Leafs had back-to-back 100-point seasons for the first time in team history. Toronto hasn't won a playoff series since 2004, and it has held 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 leads in this series. A loss for Toronto would not only extend their road Game 7 streak, it would create a long, painful summer of self-evaluation.  

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