Rick Nash shares spot-on observation from last Bruins-Leafs Game 7


Want an insider's perspective on Tuesday's Game 7 between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs? Just ask Rick Nash.

The retired forward was on the 2018 Bruins club that defeated the Leafs 7-4 in Game 7 of last year's Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series.

He's also been around NHL dressing rooms for decades. But as the B's entered the room after the second period trailing 4-3 on home ice, Nash noticed something that still sticks with him a year later.

Here's Nash in an interview with The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun on Monday night:

Yeah, it was insane. But I was amazed at how calm all of the Bruins were in the room. And even entering the third period, we were down a goal, I just remember the calmness of the dressing room and all those leaders Boston has. It was one of the impressive things to me; Game 7, facing elimination in the first round, and the leadership of (Zdeno) Chara, (David) Backes, (Patrice) Bergeron, (Brad) Marchand, (David) Krejci — it just really impressed me.

That calmness paid off: The Bruins stormed back to score four unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes to stun Toronto and advance to the second round.

Boston's experience indeed may be its biggest asset entering this Game 7: Chara, Bergeron, Marchand, Krejci and goaltender Tuukka Rask all have won a Stanley Cup with the B's and were on the team for its historic Game 7 comeback over the Leafs in 2013. Toronto has just one holdover from the 2013 team in Jake Gardiner.

Nash insisted this year's Leafs are "a different team" than the one that collapsed in Boston last year (adding John Tavares certainly helps) but added this warning:

"I know the guys in the Boston room and I know they’re going to be prepared."

Puck drop at TD Garden is set for 7 p.m. ET, and it can't arrive soon enough.

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