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Game Six on Monday night is another 'must win' for Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images

Take a deep breath, Leafs fans.

The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of their first round NHL playoff series Monday night, and if it’s even half as exciting as Game 5 was on Saturday night in Boston then we’re in for a real treat.

Staring elimination right between the eyes, Toronto eked out a 4-3 win on Saturday to quell the rabid Bruins fans who were hoping to see their team eliminate the Leafs and move on to round 2.

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Connor Brown made the most of his opportunity on Toronto’s top line with Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman by scoring the opening goal – his first career playoff tally — just over six minutes into the game, a lead the Leafs would never relinquish.

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Andreas Johnsson netted his first career playoff goal, Toronto’s penalty killing unit allowed Boston to score on just one of their six-man advantages — including a 5-on-3 — and Frederik Anderson made some huge saves to preserve the win.

Toronto had a 4-1 lead in the second period, but unlike what happened in Game 7 of their 2013 first round playoff series in Boston, the Leafs did not blow it.

Oh, there were some anxious moments.

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As Boston scored to make it 4-2, and then 4-3, you can see the Leafs doing everything and anything to hang on.

Thanks to Anderson, and a bit of luck, the final horn sounded with the scoreboard still showing 4-3.

It’s anyone’s guess as to whether the Maple Leafs will be able to win Monday night to force a Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday.

But it sure would be fun to see.

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