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TORONTO — The Maple Leafs were brimming with happiness after Friday’s 2-1 victory.
Toronto went into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Bruins at TD Garden knowing a loss would end its season.
Instead of succumbing to the pressure, the young Maple Leafs put on a clinic for the better part of two periods and staved off a late surge by Boston to force Game 6 Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre. The final seven or eight minutes of Game 5 were a testament to the Leafs’ tenacity and goaltending by James Reimer, who made 18 of his 43 saves in the third period.
“We knew that [the Bruins] were going to come,’’ said Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.