Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessel scores deciding goal

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Once again, the Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessel came back to haunt his former team in this series. The former Bruins forward scored what turned out to be the winning goal at 8:59 of the third period when he backhanded in a rebound past goaltender Tuukka Rask. It gave Toronto a 2-0 lead on the way to a 2-1 win Sunday night that forced a Game 7 Monday night in Boston. It was Kessel’s third goal of the series.

“The puck popped out to me,’’ said Kessel. “[Nazem Kadri] won a big draw [against Patrice Bergeron] and we got it through. [James van Riemsdyk] was battling at the net and it just popped to me.’’

When asked if it was the biggest goal of his career, Kessel said, “That was a big one, it put us up, 2-0, and we held on.’’

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