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Gardiner, Leafs look to rewrite Boston history

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TSN Toronto reporter Mark Masters checks in daily with news and notes on the Maple Leafs. The team skated at TD Garden on Tuesday morning ahead of Game 7.

For the third time in six years the Maple Leafs and Bruins will meet in a Game 7 in Boston. With Nazem Kadri suspended, Jake Gardiner is the only Toronto player who will have been on the ice for all three games. The previous two ended in disaster. Why will this time be different?

"We kind of took control of the series early," the 28-year-old defenceman said. "We've outplayed them at times and played well in this building so far. So why not tonight?"

Unlike the previous two showdowns, the Leafs have led this series all the way while outscoring Boston 11-8 in 5-on-5 play. The young core is also a year older and more battle-tested.

"It's a pretty confident group," Gardiner said. "We're ready whatever's thrown at us tonight. We're going to be ready. We’re not going to sit back. We’re going to go for them."

Mike Babcock agrees that his team's emotional maturity improved this season, but also notes the true test will come tonight.

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