TORONTO — Now the Bruins must head back to Boston for Game 7. Eventually.
A rough night for the Bruins Sunday in Toronto will turn into a tough day Monday as the team has to fly home and play Game 7 in the same day because of a mechanical malfunction to their airplane.
“Late during tonight’s game we were made aware that there was a malfunction with our airplane,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said in a statement. “As a result we are staying in Toronto on Sunday night and the team will travel to Boston on Monday morning.”
Before the plane issues cropped up, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask spoke about losing Game 6 on a night when his team needed to play with determination and desperation.
“It’s really disappointing,” Rask said after the 2-1 loss to the Leafs. “But with a game like that, you can’t expect to win. The Leafs have played really good throughout the series, they get rewarded, so that’s about it.”
Rask was asked if it was frustrating that the offense has been coming up short while he’s been playing well.
“Yeah, you’d like them to score five goals every game, but it’s just not going to happen. I’m just trying to keep the puck out of my net and hopefully we get the goals.”
Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg also touched on the lack of scoring punch.
“Tuukka was awesome like every game,” Seidenberg said. “If you only score one goal, a lot of you end up on the wrong side. Tonight, we just didn’t score enough to win.”
Regarding Game 7 Monday night at TD Garden, Rask remains confident that the Bruins can finally put the Leafs away.
“I expect us to play a great game,” Rask said. “Be not frustrated, but determined, and go out there and play a great game.
“We talked about playing with a desperation, matching their desperation … I don’t think we did but hopefully we’ve got something left now.”
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara knew the Bruins were in trouble in the third period.
“It was pretty obvious who was going to score that first goal and they did,” Chara said after the loss. “They got the momentum and energy from that and after that they got that second one.”
Chara was asked what the Bruins could do to get the advantage back Monday night in Boston.
“Managing probably the puck better,” he said.
Rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton gave all the credit to Leafs goalie James Reimer (29 saves), who had stoned the Bruins most of the way.
“I thought we had some chances when the puck bounced and [Reimer] made some good saves,” Hamilton said. “That’s obviously the way it goes sometimes with hot goalies and I think we just have to keep trying to get chances and keep playing hard around the net…
“I don’t think anyone’s too happy. I think we just have to move on and definitely look at this game and see what we have to do differently. We just can’t forget it and go into tomorrow. We have to change something up and hopefully win tomorrow.”