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Stanley Cup Stories: Leafs, Bruins going the distance

05/13/2013 02:24 EDT | Updated 07/12/2013 05:12 EDT
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins are going the distance, the New York Rangers shut down the Washington Capitals, and the Detroit Red Wings pulled off an upset against the Anaheim Ducks. This and more in Sunday's top NHL stories:

1. Ice pellets poured down from cloudy Toronto skies Sunday afternoon, yet it wouldn't be the most unusual springtime event the city would experience in recent years. The Maple Leafs edged the Bruins 2-1 to win their first home playoff game in nine seasons and force a Game 7. Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf redeemed himself for a costly Game 4 blunder and goalie James Reimer pitched a shutout until the dying seconds of the third. Which team will take the series in Boston on Monday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET)? Have your say here.

2.Hockey Night in Canada personalities praised the blue and white both on and off the ice. Senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby said the Maple Leafs stepped up in the defensive zone as coach Randy Carlyle showed his cunning side. And speaking of bench bosses, Coach's Corner star Don Cherry commended Leafs fans for their peaceful celebrations when he was asked about the massive crowds outside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. "They’re good, Canadian hockey fans and they don't wreck things, they love hockey and that’s the way it should be," Cherry said.

3. Detroit and Anaheim alternated wins and losses in their series since the second-seeded Ducks took Game 1. But the seventh-place Red Wings held on to win 3-2 in Game 7. Captain Henrik Zetterberg opened the scoring for the Red Wings and they survived a late push by the Ducks when Francois Beauchemin scored with less than five minutes left in the third. Check out all the best shots from the series finale.

4. New York refused to stage its final act on Broadway. Centre Derick Brassard scored the lone goal and netminder Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves as the Rangers shut out the Capitals 1-0 to force a deciding game. Washington's Hart Trophy candidate Alexander Ovechkin couldn't solve the Swedish netminder, saying, "Lundqvist was tremendous tonight." The series finale goes Monday night in Washington (8 p.m. ET).

5. Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson created some buzz around Ottawa's matchup with Pittsburgh, and the series hasn't even started yet. However, the Penguins are just relieved they put the Islanders away when they had the chance so they can focus on their second round meeting with the Senators. Meanwhile, Ottawa saw some encouraging signs from its injured No. 1 centre. Jason Spezza practised with his teammates for the first time since undergoing back surgery for a herniated disc on Feb. 1. "It may not seem like it and I may not play this year, but for me it's a small victory," Spezza said.

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