Bruins beat Maple Leafs in overtime to advance to second round

Bruins pull off miraculous Game 7 victory to keep playoff run alive

5/13/13 in NHL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The Toronto Maple Leafs were one of the NHL's most improved teams in 2013's lockout-shortened season, and it looked like they were destined to continue their underdog run when Nazem Kadri netted a third period goal that gave his Leafs a 4-1 lead in a win-or-go-home Game 7 against the Boston Bruins. However, the Bruins were far from ready to give up on their playoff run so soon.

Nathan Horton scored his fourth goal of the series with just under 11 minutes remaining, cutting the Bruins' deficit to two. The offense then failed to generate another goal for the next nine minutes, and the Bruins were forced to pull goaltender Tuukka Rask in an effort to score two quick goals.
Blog Photo - Bruins beat Maple Leafs in overtime to advance to second round
Managing two goals with an empty net in two minutes often feels like an impossible task, but the Bruins fed off the energy of the fans who stuck around in the TD Garden, scoring a goal with just 1:22 remaining (Milan Lucic off a rebound). Facing a one goal deficit, the odds were still against the Bruins, but Patrice Bergeron (who got an assist on Lucic's goal) deflected a point shot from David Krejci to tie the game with less than a minute to play.

With the arena about 75% full of loyal, raging Bruins fans and all the momentum in favor of the home team, I would imagine that the Leafs weren't too comfortable heading into overtime.

It didn't take too long for Bergeron - the hero in the final minute of regulation - to become the most popular athlete in Boston by sticking the puck in the back of the net to send his Bruins to the second round of the playoffs. Bergeron had a point on each of the Bruins' final three goals.

The loss is heartbreaking for a Maple Leafs team that was such a nice surprise after finishing 13th in the Eastern Conference last season.

The Bruins, on the other hand, will now feed the Boston/New York rivalry by facing off with the New York Rangers in the second round.
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5/17/13   |   NittanyJon   |   245 respect

Patrice "Big-Time" strikes again !!!!!

Go Bruu.......nnnn....ssss !!!!!