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Break out all the clichés. The Maple Leafs are on the brink of elimination. Win or go home. They have their backs to the wall, etc.
Toronto was an overtime goal away from squaring the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at two games apiece on home ice and then in a flash, there was an ill-advised pinch, a chip up the wall, and David Krejci potting the winner to put the Bruins up three games to one.
So the Leafs return to Beantown for Friday night’s Game 5 with their season on the line.
Leafs coach Randy Carlyle was supportive of captain Dion Phaneuf, who committed the costly gaffe that led to the two-on-one break with Krecji and Milan Lucic. Game over.