When the Maple Leafs found themselves trailing the Bruins, three games to one, in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, a few players asked forward James van Riemsdyk about his experience being on the brink of elimination.
Van Riemsdyk was on the Flyers team that rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to knock out the Bruins in the 2010 conference semifinals.
Van Riemsdyk’s message, in short, was that it was important to keep the faith. That message resonated with the Maple Leafs Sunday night as they took a 2-0 lead on Boston and hung on to win, 2-1, to win Game 6 and tie the best-of-seven series.
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