Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/12/13
8 a.m ET: The Bruins have unfinished business, and if they’re unable to take care of it Sunday night in Toronto, it’s going to get really, really uncomfortable for the B’s. Boston heads back to Toronto on Sunday night for Game 6 of their first-round series with the Maple Leafs, where the Bruins will make their second attempt to close out the series. Boston, who holds the 3-2 lead, had a chance to close things out Friday night in Boston in Game 5. The Maple Leafs came out with a desperate effort, however, and they were able to come away with the 2-1 win. For the Bruins, it’s time to channel some desperation of their own. The B’s were unable to do much of anything for about 50 minutes in Game 5, and it came back to bite them. They eventually tilted the ice in the third before Zdeno Chara finally broke through for Boston on the scoreboard, but it was a classic case of too little, too late. Now the Maple Leafs head home to play in front of a rowdy Air Canada Centre crowd. Goalie James Reimer is coming off of his best game of the series in Game 5 where he made 40 saves, including 18 in the third period. The Leafs will need another big effort out of him if they want to extend the series. They’re certainly expecting the Bruins to come with a much better effort Sunday night. “I’m sure that we’ve poked the Bruins,” he said Friday night. “And they’re going to be a very desperate hockey club come Sunday night, and we’ve got to be equally as desperate.” If the Bruins aren’t desperate, they could very well find themselves heading to Game 7. There wouldn’t be much time for rest and contemplation, however, as Game 7 — if necessary — is scheduled for Monday night in Boston. They’re hoping that it doesn’t get to that. Puck drop from Toronto is set for 7:30 p.m.
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