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Matthews not sure for Maple Leafs against Bruins in Game 7

TORONTO — Auston Matthews skated alone on Friday, but his status remains uncertain for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Boston Bruins on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; ABC, ESPN+, SN, TVAS, CBC).

“Yes, there’s been progress, he was back skating here today, but his availability hasn’t been determined,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said.

The center, who led the NHL with 69 goals in 81 regular-season games, did not play in Toronto’s 2-1 overtime win in Game 5 on Tuesday or the 2-1 win in Game 6. on Thursday, which tied for best. -of-7 series.

“We’re in a position where if we win, we’re alive, if we lose, we’re dead and that’s how we’ve been the last two games and I think we’ve performed well in those circumstances,” Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly said of winning two games without Matthews.

Matthews was on the ice for the morning skate before Game 5 for about four minutes and skated alone at the Maple Leafs practice facility on Wednesday. Before Game 6, she skated alone before the morning skate, but left before the full session began.

Matthews came off a 3-1 loss in Game 4 last Saturday after the second period and Keefe said he “was taken off by the doctors,” but it’s unclear if he’s dealing with an illness, an injury or both.

Matthews has three points (one goal, two assists) in four games in this series, all of them in a 3-2 win in Game 2.

Toronto is 3-0 without Matthews this season, including a 7-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 16.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Maple Leafs captain John Tavares said after Game 6. “We’ve gotten back on track in the series and we have a chance to move forward. This is what we’re playing for. This is what we’re talking about. treats”.