(BOSTON) — Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien must have meant it when he said his team plays like a Jekyll and Hyde hockey club.
The Boston Bruins trailed 4-1 with 10:41 left in the third period, but tied the game with :50 seconds remaining and then beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime, 5-4, winning the “do or die” Game 7 and advancing to the second round of the playoffs.
The Bruins become the first team in NHL history to trail by three goals in the third period of a Game 7 and go on to win the game.
Things were looking good for the Maple Leafs in the third period. Ex-Bruin Phil Kessel scored just 2:09 into the period making it 3-1.
Just over three minutes later, Nazem Kadri scored to give the Maple Leafs the three game lead, and what looked like the momentum to win the game.
B’s winger Nathan Horton scored to make it 4-2 with 10:42 left in the game, and with under two minutes to play the score hadn’t changed.
The Bruins then pulled goalie Tuukka Rask for an extra-attacker. Milan Lucic scored with 1:22 left and then just 32 seconds later, Patrice Bergeron lit the lamp tying the game.
In overtime it was Bergeron scoring again as the Bruins complete the historic comeback and eliminated the Leafs.
“You don’t see these kind of games very often,” Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. ” Especially in the playoffs and I’m not even talking about Game 7’s…So for sure, it’s one to remember.”
The Bruins advance to take on the sixth-seeded New York Rangers. Game 1 is Thursday night in Boston.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN