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After the Maple Leafs beat the Bruins in Game 6, in their home barn to tie their quarterfinal series at 3, the players sported ear-to-ear grins and displayed an air of confidence.
They had battled back from the brink of elimination twice to force a Game 7 back in Boston. They liked their chances. They liked their young legs and youthful enthusiasm. Very few players had any postseason experience but they developed a belief they could win the series against the team that won the Stanley Cup just two years ago.
In fact, they had won twice in Boston already in the series. Their confidence only grew as the Maple Leafs built a startling 4-1 lead Monday night.
There was shock in the building among the home fans.