action:article | category:SPORTS0701 | adString:SPORTS0701 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » Hockey » Bruins/NHL

May 13. 2013 10:41PM

A comeback for the ages

Bruins win Game 7 in overtime in epic comeback


Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron celebrates with teammate Zdeno Chara after scoring the overtime winner against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final hockey playoff series in Boston Monday night. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Patrice Bergeron scored to the game-tying goal with 51 seconds left in regulation before flipping a loose puck over James Reimer 6:05 into overtime as host Boston rallied from a three-goal deficit to win Game 7 and advance to the Eastern Conference's second round.

Bergeron, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic scored in the final 10:42 of regulation and rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski added his first career tally. Tuukka Rask turned aside 24 shots for the fourth-seeded Bruins, who won their first postseason series since winning the Stanley Cup in 2011. They will await the winner of the other first-round matchup pitting the sixth-seeded New York Rangers against the third-seeded Washington Capitals.

Defenseman Cody Franson recorded his first career two-goal game and Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel traded goals 3:20 apart early in the third to give the fifth-seeded Maple Leafs a three-goal cushion. Reimer made 30 saves for Toronto, which saw its first playoff appearance in nine years come to an end after rallying from a 3-1 deficit in the series.

After Kessel put home a rebound and Kadri fired a loose puck into an open net on a 2-on-1 rush with Kessel, Horton cut the deficit to two midway through the third period and Lucic tallied off a rebound with Rask on the bench for the extra attacker. Bergeron fired a wrist shot from the point with Boston captain Zdeno Chara screening Reimer to knot the contest.

Bartkowski opened the scoring 5:39 into the contest when he intercepted an errant clearing attempt by Franson and fired a shot from the high slot that beat Reimer underneath his right arm. Franson atoned for his mistake on a power play 3:56 later when he pinched down from the point and slid a loose puck past Rask during a scramble and gave Toronto the lead after snapping a point shot around a screened Rask 5:48 into the second.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Bartkowski - a last-minute addition to the lineup replacing an injured Wade Redden - logged 24:51 of ice time. It was a significant increase from the 6:40 he played in his postseason debut. ... Boston C Chris Kelly elbowed Toronto LW James van Riemsdyk in the face late in the second period with both players tied up on the ice, bloodying the latter's nose and mouth. Van Riemsdyk remained in the game after receiving repairs on the bench. No penalty was called on the play. … Toronto rookie C Joe Colborne played his second career playoff game replacing C Tyler Bozak, who did not travel with the team to Boston. … The Bruins improved to 16-2 all-time when leading a series 3-1.


 NH Sports Angle Ľ more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

New Hampshireís Sam Fuld traded back to A's

CAA preseason poll puts a target on New Hampshire, coach says

Chowder Potís entertainment halted by bloody baseball rivalry and liquor liability

Heavyweight great 'Gentleman' Gerry Cooney on dramatic career and the hardest comeback of all

NASCAR: Logano interview makes UNH writerís dream come true

Nashua's Fayne moves from Devils to Oilers

Granite State Pro Stock Series to make debut at Lee Speedway

BRIAN McCLOSKEY

Ex-UNH hockey coach indicted on four charges

Growing up a hazard to golf: Real world claims talent from NHGA

Concord man wins National Javelin Championship at 2014 USA Track & Field Masters Championship

Conway's Locke happy with first half, believes best yet to come for Pirates

Court filing details prosecution's perjury allegations against Aaron Hernandez girlfriend

Is N.H. really home to longest mini golf hole on the planet?

Professional hockey coming to Berlin

van Riemsdyk setting high expectations for pro career

Life changes in an instant: Travis Roy shares story at Frank Monahan Foundation event

Improvements help, but traffic still a problem on race weekend in and around Loudon

Itís show time in Chicago for Dartmouthís Hendricks

State sells Windham golf course site for $3.06M

Ex-minor leaguers sue MLB over low salaries

$14M to beaten Giants fan returns security focus

Matt Bonner and brother bring rock show back to Redhook

GM: Twin State Speedway progressing with revival

Foot golf arrives on Seacoast

New Hampshire's Burns gets more than he could ever ask for

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

   Ľ SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

   Ľ ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!