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Leafs fans ride the subway to the Air Canada Centre to watch the Maple Leafs play the Boston Bruins in Game 3.

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Leafs Fans celebrate at the Blue and White party in Maple Leaf Square before the beginning of Game 3 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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Leafs Fans celebrate at the Blue and White party in Maple Leaf Square before the beginning of Game 3 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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Leafs Fans celebrate at the Blue and White party in Maple Leaf Square before the beginning of Game 3 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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Leafs Fans celebrate at the Blue and White party in Maple Leaf Square before the beginning of Game 3 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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Gilberto Salcedo and his friends have some pre-game laughs outside in Maple Leaf Square as the Toronto Maple Leafs prepare to meet the Boston Bruins in Game 3 in quarter-final NHL playoff action at the Air Canada Centre. They'll be watching the game on the big screen TV outside.

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Leafs fan Warren Baxter celebrates at the Blue and White party in Maple Leaf Square before the beginning of Game 3 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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Leafs Fans celebrate at the Blue and White party in Maple Leaf Square before the beginning of Game 3 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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Thousands of fans jam into Maple Leaf square and Bremner Blvd at the Air Canada Centre to watch the Leafs play the Boston Bruins in Game 3.

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Fans cheer as the Leafs take to the ice for the first period of Game 3 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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Toronto Maple Leafs fans wait for the start of Game 3 against Boston Bruins in Toronto.

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Thousands of fans watch Game 3 between the Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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Thousands of fans gather outside the Air Canada Centre to watch the Maple Leafs play the Boston Bruins.

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Leafs James Reimer (34) pauses before the start of the first period of Game 3 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins in Toronto.

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Leafs Mikhail Grabovski (84) and Bruins David Krejci (46) face off during the first period of Game 3 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins.

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Toronto Maple Leafs James van Riemsdyk(21) is hauled down by Boston Bruin Johnny Boychuk (55) during third period NHL quarter-final playoff action between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins.

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Bruins Patrice Bergeron (37) tries a wrap-around during the third period of Game 3 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins.

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Leafs Phil Kessel (81) and Bruins Brad Marchand (63) both received unsportsmanlike minors after this tussle during the third period of Game 3 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins.

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Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle holds his head in his hands as the Toronto Maple Leafs struggle in their playoff game against Boston Bruins.

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A fan reacts to the Leafs’ loss at the end of Game 3 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins.

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