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Maple Leafs push Bruins to 7 games

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  • Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf celebrates after scoring on Boston Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask during third period first round NHL playoff action in Toronto on Sunday May 12, 2013.

      Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf celebrates after scoring on Boston Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask during third period first round NHL playoff action in Toronto on Sunday May 12, 2013.
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TORONTO -- Captain Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel scored third-period goals and the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Boston Bruins 2-1 Sunday to send their playoff series back to Boston for Game 7.

Game 7 is Monday night in Boston.

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Not only did the win keep the Leafs alive, it snapped a 54-year run of home playoff failures against the Bruins.

Toronto's previous home playoff win against Boston was March 31, 1959, when the Leafs won 3-2 in overtime. Nine straight postseason home losses followed in the decades since.

Milan Lucic scored for Boston with 26 seconds left in the third.

The only time Toronto has come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series was the 1942 Stanley Cup finals against the Detroit Red Wings. The Leafs trailed 3-0 in that series before reeling off four straight wins.

Toronto's last Game 7 win was in 2004 -- the last time the Leafs made the playoffs -- when it beat Ottawa 4-1 to wrap up a first-round series.

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