After intense, scoreless hockey through two periods Sunday night, it appeared that the first mistake from either team was going to decide whether or not a Game 7 in Boston was going to be necessary.

That mistake happened in the opening minutes of the third period as David Krejci couldn’t connect with Milan Lucic on a pass in the offensive zone, and that turned into a Nazem Kadri wrist shot from the high slot tipped by Dion Phaneuf in front of the net.

For good measure, though, the B's made a second mistake . . . and that proved to be the difference in a 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs that evened their best-of-seven series at 3-3. Game 7 will be played tonight in Boston.

An attempted clearout pass by Zdeno Chara missed connections and went for an icing call that forced a faceoff in the Boston zone, with the B's unable to take the tired Patrice Bergeron line off the ice. The Leafs took advantage of the slow reaction by the weary forwards and Phil Kessel netted their second goal roughly seven minutes later off a James van Riemsdyk shot for a 2-0 lead.

The Bruins scored with 25.5 seconds left in the game with a 6-on-5 advantage after they'd pulled Tuukka Rask, as Jaromir Jagr found Lucic in front of the net on a well-executed play, but it was too little too late.

The Bruins are now 3-8 in non-Game 7 elimination games under coach Claude Julien.