After the Maple Leafs beat the Bruins in Game 6, in their home barn Sunday 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 postseason experience, but they developed a belief they could win the series against the team that won the Stanley Cup just two years ago.