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Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 4 (OT) Follow @TheNosebleeds Bruins defy odds, score four unanswered goals late in Game 7 to eliminate Leafs. After a less than stellar Game 6 performance led to a second straight Leafs victory, the Bruins headed back to Boston on Monday night to host a Game 7 after leading the series three games to one. Would they fall victim to another epic collapse like the one to Philadelphia in 2010, or would their experience prevail and push them on to the next round? For a long while, it looked like the former was the fate of the black and gold. Then, something amazing happened, and history was written. Down by three goals heading into the game’s final 10 minutes, the Bruins, the same team that blew nine third period leads this season, climbed back and pulled even before their death certificate was finalized. Then, a little more than seven minutes into overtime, they wrote a death certificate of their own. First Period In the unlikeliest of scenarios, Matt Bartowski drew first blood in the game when he ripped a wrister past James Riemer at the 14:21 mark of the first period. It was the first goal in the career of the 24-year old Bartowski, who slid into the last defensive spot for the Bruins with Wade Redden getting the healthy scratch. Cody Franson tallied the equalizer on a Toronto powerplay less than five minutes later. With Zdeno Chara in the box for a high-sticking minor, Franson swept a rebound past Tuukka Rask to make it a 1-1 game. Dougie Hamilton had a chance to clear the puck out of the crease, but couldn’t clean it out before Franson got to it. Dennis Seidenberg only recorded 37 seconds of ice time during the first period after a collision with Matt Frattin by the boards. Seidenberg was seen stretching his leg on the bench after the collision but returned to action after the first intermission. Second Period Franson got back in the goal column in second period, scoring his second of the night when he blasted a point slapshot through a couple screening Bruins defenseman and into the top left corner of the net past Rask. Things started getting testy towards the end of the second period, with both teams mixing it up like you would expect two division rivals to in a Game 7 playoff matchup. The Bruins caught the short end of a couple calls but also caught a break when the refs missed Chris Kelly deliver a vicious elbow to the face of James van Riemsdyk in the Bruins offensive zone. The officiating was certainly not the strong point of this series finale, which is something that you hate to see as a hockey fan. Third Period It seemed pretty fitting that Phil Kessel, who has played well to quiet the skeptics in the latter half of this series, was the one to help deliver what appeared to be the daggers through the heart of the Bruins. Kessel put his Leafs up 3-1 just over two minutes into the third period when he shot a rebound past Rask, who had to try to go from post to post on the second chance. Kessel again had a hand in another devastating Toronto strike just three minutes later when he dealt the first assist on a Nazem Kadri goal that put the Leafs up 4-1. At this point, it looked like the Bruins were just playing out the rest of their season for poops and chuckles. Then, Nathan Horton wound up adding a tally for the black and gold at the midway point of the final period, giving Bruins fans a glimmer of hope heading into the final 10 minutes. With Rask pulled and an extra skater on the ice, Milan Lucic added to that glimmer when he set up shop in front of the Leafs’ net and muscled a rebound past Reimer to cut the lead to 4-3 Toronto with 1:22 left on the game clock. Claude Julien called a timeout, hoping to rally his team and spark another goal before the final buzzer. Apparently, that goal came when Patrice Bergeron found the twine from the point. I wouldn’t really know because I’m pretty sure I blacked out from pure disbelief at this point. Let’s consult the replay for confirmation: Yep, that just happened. Two goals in :31 seconds, and this thing is going to overtime. OT It took over six minutes of furious, desperation hockey from both teams before one flatlined. And the Grim Reaper? None other than Patrice Bergeron. His assistants? Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand. All three guys who comprised the most criticized line of this series waited until crunch time to light off their fireworks and send their opponents packing. Just the way they drew it up. Poor Toronto.
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Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien was trying to get Nathan Horton’s attention prior to the overtime, presumably to tell him something about the Toronto Maple Leafs forward line they sent out. It was rocking in the TD Garden and Horton couldn’t hear him. A bunch of Bruins players started banging their sticks and hollering to get his attention, but it was Brad Marchand...
When the Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs in overtime on Patrice Bergeron's goal, completing an epic Game 7 comeback in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, my first thought was this: I wonder if Jack Edwards survived.
The Bruins play by play man is a little crazy (he even admits to that in his Twitter bio) and a Hawk Harrelson level homer. Sometimes his craziness...
The Bruins forced overtime after scoring two goals in the waning minutes of Monday’s Game 7 against the Maple Leafs. Following Boston’s 4-3 overtime win, Bruins’ tough guy Martin Lucic went through the handshake line and happily shook nowhere near the Leafs’ Dion Phaneuf’s hand.
Things got a bit testy towards the ends of the second period in the Bruins-Leafs Game 7 in Boston, with both teams getting in each others’ faces. Tuukka Rask didn’t take too kindly to Joffrey Lupul intruding into his personal space and decided to let that be known via a nice blocker sandwich right to the grillmix. Zdeno Chara provided the desert with a glove to the face of his...
Game seven will go down in Boston lore
Glory Days Grill is a popular chain of sports bars in the Maryland/DC area and for the longest time the one in Burke, Virginia could not have been a more depressing place. On one hand, Washington was getting blown out in their own game seven on home ice and this happens to be in Washington territory. The other side of things is that a small...
Shock, confusion, and heartbreak. That’s how the Toronto Maple Leafs season ended Monday night during Game Seven of their first round match-up against the Boston Bruins.Up 4-1 with less than eleven minutes left in the third period, it seemed almost certain that the Leafs were about to upset the Boston Bruins and move onto the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But, somehow...
I honestly had no idea we'd be here right now. I had this series done, circled on the calendar as the final blow being last Friday because the Bruins were feeling it. I picked the Leafs in six, but after the first four games I thought there was no way that Toronto fights back.
Then Game 5 happened...
Then Game 6 happened...
And here we sit. The Bruins fanbase...
The Bruins go into game 7 with their back against the walls. The league is mocking them, Toronto is mocking them, and Bruins fans are as upset as they have been in years. Why? The series could have been closed out in game 5 at home. But the Bruins came out with no energy, emotion, or urgency. Then the Bruins lost in game 6 as well because they couldn't put the puck in the net...
After scoring the game tying goal with under a minute left in regulation, Boston’s Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winning goal 6:05 into overtime as the Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in Game 7 Monday night. With a 4-1 lead in the third period the Maple Leafs looked primed to complete their comeback after more »
Milan Lucic, obviously excited over the Bruins' epic Game 7 come back against the Maple Leafs, shook something other than Dion Phaneuf's hand in the post-game.
After going down 4-1 early in the third period, the Boston Bruins completed an epic comeback, scoring this game-winning goal to beat the Maple Leafs.
Just a few things that caught my eye:
Chris Hadfield returned to Earth at 10:31 p.m. Eastern time a sad man -- Canada's space station commander is a HUGE Leafs' fan. No wonder he had a hard time getting out of the space capsule. He had to dry his tears first.
Andrew Ference arrived at the arena in a walking boot. Wade Redden was a late scratch. And...
We still don't know what the hell happened. When the Bruins went down 4-1 we wanted to grab a box of kittens and punch each one in the face. (PURRGERON NOTE: I hope Jon loses both of his testicles for that comment)
The Bruins we had seen for the last month of the regular season and through much of this series could not, and according to their attitude on the ice, would not...