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Mike Babcock helps the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs in Game 7.

I’m sure this story will be well received in the city of Toronto.

On Saturday night, the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in what was a nail-biting conclusion to a nail-biter of a series, one that would require all seven games and overtime to ultimately determine a winner. It was a gutsy victory for a Boston Bruins team that has lost several key members over the summer, including locker room leader and captain Patrice Bergeron, but it was a victory that came about with a little extra outside help.

Following his team’s huge victory in Game 7, Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery would reveal that he had received advice from an unexpected source heading into Game 7, a source with intimate knowledge of the Maple Leafs’ key players. That man was none other than former Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, a man who was unceremoniously fired by the Maple Leafs after clashing with the team’s then-young core.

What advice Babcock could have given Montgomery about the specific players on the Maple Leafs roster so many years into his tenure in Toronto is anyone’s guess, but there is no doubt that Montgomery felt Babcock’s advice had been so valuable that it was subsequently recognized. his victory over Babcock’s former team.

Montgomery also took the time to give a nod to Tampa Bay Lightning head coach John Cooper after the win, stating that Cooper offered him words of encouragement after the Lightning’s first-round playoff exit the Florida Panthers.