The Maple Leafs led three times in Game 7, 1-0 and 2-1 in the first period and 4-3 to start the third.
This time around though the playoffs had hopes of making a deeper postseason run, and almost got out of the first round before another disastrous third period at TD Garden.
Then rookie Jake DeBrusk scored the game victor four minutes later. The Leafs scored the period's only two goals despite being outshot 13-6.
"We've got some more work to do", said goalie Frederik Andersen, who stopped 32 of 33 shots in Game 6 on Monday to help Toronto win 3-1 and prolong its season.
The victor of Wednesday night's game will play Tampa Bay, which eliminated New Jersey in five games.
"I thought the first half of the series my play probably wasn't good enough", said Matthews, who had 27 shots in the series and one goal. Every now and again they don't live up to the hype of the series that got them to the win-or-go-home game, but when they do, it's something that people talk about for years.
Toronto defenceman Jake Gardiner was a hot mess, finishing the game with an assist, but he was a minus 5.
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There were many players who shouldered blame for this defeat, and a (by their own definition) disappointing first-round exit.
Matthews had 34 goals in his sophomore season, which was limited to 64 games due to injury.
It's a series that's drawn parallels with the 2013 first round match between those two teams, not least because once again it has involved Boston taking a 3-1 series lead only to watch it evaporate. Babcock says that there was no reason for them to play like they did in the third and yet it happened. Boston will also have an edge by playing in front of their hometown crowd, especially given that the Bruins had a commanding 28-8-5 regular season record in Boston. We have to find a way to make the most of it.
"You can be good, but if you don't want to learn, obviously, the veteran guys, after a while will say, 'Hey if this guy doesn't want it, then we'll just move along, '" coach Bruce Cassidy said.
Like last season's series against the Washington Capitals, many lessons were taught to this young group of Leafs' players.
Trying to pin the Bruins' Game 7 issues exclusively on Rask is dumb.
"And then the next half, I had chances".
In one of the all-time worst hockey takes anyone has ever made, Nick Kypreos said that "Matthews lost Babcock's trust", even though in seven games Matthews led the Leafs forwards in ice-time. We were in good position, up by one in the third, and a couple of mistakes cost us. Marchand muscled the puck away from Ron Hainsey, allowing Bergeron to center a pass in the slot to Pastrnak in the slot, who didn't miss from there. "It seemed like everything I was doing ending up in the back of the net". Yeah. It's going to be a tough one to swallow, that's for sure. "A lot of this game is on me. Not a whole lot you can do there, you just try to battle and stay with it, eventually hope things will fall all in place". Toronto controlled play and when the Bruins did get the puck into the zone, Freddie Andersen had it covered.