Game 7 — the two words in sports that produce unforgettable moments

5/13/13: Boston, MA: The fans go wild as Zdeno Chara hugs teammate Patrice Bergeron after Bergeron scored the game winner in overtime. The Boston Bruins hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Seven of the NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) section: sports topic: Bruins-Leafs (1)

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Boston’s sports history is littered with both triumph and heartbreak in the only true “must-win” game: Game 7.


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Coach Bruce Cassidy has taken notice of a few instances of some curious contact in this series.

Tigers at Red Sox | 1:05 p.m. (NESN) and 7:10 p.m. (NESNPlus)

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/04/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiRedSox02.jpg Games 23 and 24: Tigers at Red Sox lineups and notes

Chris Sale will be on the mound this afternoon as the Red Sox begin a 10-game homestand with a doubleheader against Detroit.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/04/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin042119GM4Pacers-Celtics_Spt13.jpg With a sweep complete, here are 14 thoughts on the state of the Celtics

From Kyrie Irving’s swagger to Terry Rozier’s re-emergence to Semi Ojeleye’s quest to not react to his teammate getting dunked on.

Toronto Maple Leafs' John Tavares (91) tries to get a shot on Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask (40) during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Boston, Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Maple Leafs enter Game 7 without history on their side

Toronto hasn’t beaten the Bruins in a playoff series since 1959, suffering Game 7 defeats in 2013 and 2018.

Alex Speier | On baseball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/04/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/1144050135.jpg Andrew Benintendi’s opposite-field power has game-changing potential

“It seems like his swing is getting better,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/04/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/RinaldiRainOut04.jpg Monday night’s Red Sox-Tigers game rescheduled for Tuesday

With rain washing out Monday’s game, Tuesday will be a day-night doubleheader.

Red Sox notebook

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Winless Red Sox lefthander (0-4, 8.50 ERA) said he was “flat-out embarrassing” last Tuesday in an 8-0 loss vs. the Yankees in New York.

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Boston. The Bucks won 120-107. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Chad Finn

Series with Milwaukee should tell us who the Celtics are

The sweep over the Indiana Pacers was nice, but it’s tough to draw conclusions on the Celtics thus far.

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In 2018, the righthander had arthroscopic surgery March 30 to remove two loose bodies; he returned to the majors May 30.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/04/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumackibruinsleafs667-5544.jpg Bruins have neutralized most of Toronto’s top weapons

Auston Matthews has been the problem, but Brandon Carlo is doing his best to make things difficult for Matthews.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/04/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_gseven27_spts.jpg The Bruins and Maple Leafs have recent history in Game 7s

In both 2013 and 2018, Boston squandered a 3-1 series lead before rallying in the third period of Game 7 to eliminate Toronto.

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots Jason, left, and Devin McCourty react to fans during their Super Bowl victory parade in Boston. The Patriots’ twin combination in the secondary will remain intact for another season. A person familiar with the move says cornerback Jason McCourty has agreed to a two-year deal to remain with the Super Bowl champions. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because teams are not permitted to announce any moves until later in the day. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

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This group of Patriots is working for social justice

Devin and Jason McCourty, Duron Harmon, and Matthew Slater recently attended pretrial hearings at Boston Municipal Court to gain insight on the judicial process.


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The 6-foot, 226-pounder has blazing speed and is one of the most violent tacklers in this draft class.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/04/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/GTanguay09_07-7765877.jpg NBC Sports Boston anchor Gary Tanguay announces he is battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Tanguay is a longtime Boston sports media personality who has been at NBC Sports Boston in its various incarnations for 18 years.

Sports log

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The lefthander was 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts and 15 innings with Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Hingham High's Sam Ward drives upfield, as Wilson Sneath closes in, in match up against Lincoln-Sudbury, in the final of the Coaches Cup at Winchester High, Saturday April 20, 2019. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.

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At Hingham, lacrosse success is programmed at youth level

The juniors on third-ranked Harbormen (7-1) went undefeated en route to three consecutive Hingham Youth Lacrosse titles.


Bucks advance to face Celtics after four-game sweep of Pistons

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 41 points to lead the way for Milwaukee’s first playoff series win since 2001.

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The son of the longtime Red Sox outfielder had battles neurofibromatosis from birth.

NHL Playoffs

Hurricanes rally in Game 6 win over Capitals

Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in the third period of Monday night’s 5-2 win in Raleigh, N.C.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/04/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee042119bostor1SPTSjpg.jpg Down in front! NBC Sports says camera problem led to fan obscuring the view of Bruins game

A fan’s head blocked the camera for part of the third period of Game 6 between the Bruins and the Leafs.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/04/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin042119GM4Pacers-Celtics_Spt7.jpg Gordon Hayward hits high note in homecoming — ‘This is a special place for him’

The Indiana native had a big game in front of family and friends, helping the Celtics close out the Pacers.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/gasper_20131017.jpg This is what we expected from the Red Sox all along

The Red Sox’ three-game sweep of the AL East-leading Rays was reminiscent of tough victories achieved during last year’s championship run.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Hockey

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2019/04/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee042119bostor3SPTSjpg.jpg Jake DeBrusk gets the inside scoop — and on the board

Coach Bruce Cassidy gave some advice to the winger, and DeBrusk responded with his first goal of the series.

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The WNBA is nearly doubling its national TV exposure with a multiyear deal with CBS Sports.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.