BOSTON 5, TORONTO 4 (OT); BOS wins 4-3
Patrice Bergeron scored the game-tying goal with 51 seconds remaining in regulation and game-winning goal 6:05 into overtime to help the Bruins become the first team in NHL history to overcome a three-goal, third-period deficit in a Game 7.
NY RANGERS 5, WASHINGTON 0; NYR wins 4-3 Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves for his second consecutive shutout and five different Rangers scored to lift the team to its first road Game 7 victory in franchise history (1-5).
The Bruins are the first team in League history to win a Game 7 after trailing by three goals in the third period. Boston jumped to a 1-0 lead on the strength of Matt Bartkowski’s first NHL goal 5:39 into the opening frame, but allowed the next four scores to fall behind by three early in the third period. Nathan Horton began the Bruins’ rally with his fourth goal of the series at 9:18 of the final frame. Boston then pulled Tuukka Rask in the waning minutes of regulation and scored twice with the extra skater – Milan Lucic at 18:38 of the third period and Patrice Bergeron 31 seconds later. Bergeron potted the game-winner 6:05 into overtime to complete the Bruins’ historic comeback.
Only one other team in NHL history has ever overcome a two-goal, third-period deficit to win a Game 7: the Montreal Canadiens in the 1979 Semifinals against Boston. The Canadiens trailed, 3-1, entering the third period at the Montreal Forum before knotting the score at three. Rick Middleton put the Bruins back ahead at 16:01 of the final frame, but Guy Lafleur netted the equalizer with a power-play goal less than three minutes later. Yvon Lambert then scored the winning goal 9:33 into overtime. The Canadiens went on to win the Stanley Cup that year with a five-game victory over the Rangers in the Final. (Elias)
The last time a team won any postseason game when trailing by three or more goals with 11 minutes or fewer remaining in regulation was on April 18, 2001, when the Kings rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Red Wings, 4-3, in overtime of Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. (Elias)
The last time a team won a playoff game when trailing by two or more goals with two or fewer minutes remaining in the third period was on April 18, 1993, when the Quebec Nordiques overcame a 2-0 deficit with 89 seconds left to beat the Canadiens, 3-2, in overtime of Game 1 of the Adams Division Semifinals. (Elias)
Patrice Bergeron scored the game-tying and game-winning goals to lift the Bruins to an amazing comeback victory in Game 7. He is the third player in NHL history to score a Game 7 overtime goal after recording the final goal of regulation in the same game. The other players to do so were Boston’s Brad Park against Buffalo in the 1983 Adams Division Final and Buffalo’s Derek Plante against Ottawa in the 1997 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, though Park’s final regulation goal came in the middle of the second period and Plante’s was scored early in the third. (Elias)
RANGERS ROUT CAPS
New York’s 5-0 win at Washington tied the NHL record for the largest margin of victory by a visiting team in a Game 7. The Minnesota North Stars in the
1968 Quarterfinals (9-4 over Los Angeles) and Detroit Red Wings in the 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinals (6-1 over Phoenix) are the only other road teams to win by such a margin in a Game 7. (Elias)
The 5-0 win also marked the Rangers’ largest margin of victory in a Game 7 and their first Game 7 shutout in franchise history. It is the eighth time in League history a road team has recorded a shutout in Game 7 and third time since the NHL adopted the current playoff format in 1994 that the road team won Game 7 after the home club won each of the previous six games of a playoff series. (Elias)
Henrik Lundqvist posted shutouts in Games 6 (27 saves) and 7 (35) to help the Rangers overcome a 3-2 series deficit and advance to the second round.
Only three other goaltenders in NHL history have recorded shutouts in Games
6 and 7 of a playoff series: Detroit’s Harry Lumley in the 1950 Semifinals (vs. Toronto), Edmonton’s Curtis Joseph in the 1998 Western Conference Quarterfinals (vs. Colorado) and Detroit’s Dominik Hasek in the 2002 Western Conference Final (vs. Colorado). (Elias)
Seventeen of the 47 opening-round games (36.2%) in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs required overtime, an NHL record. Home teams improved to 11-6
(.647) in overtime games this year. Last year, a then-record 16 first-round games (33.3%) went past regulation, with home clubs winning only four times (.250).
EAST MATCHUPS SET
The two matchups for the Eastern Conference Semifinals have been
determined: the No. 1 Penguins will face the No. 7 Senators, while the No.
4 Bruins will play the No. 6 Rangers.
The Penguins and Senators will meet in the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (a 4-2 series victory by
Pittsburgh) and fourth time overall. The Bruins and Rangers will face off in the postseason for the first time since the 1973 Quarterfinals (a 4-1 series victory by New York) and 10th time overall.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Bruins have won 13 Game 7s in franchise history, tied for second-most in League history (with the Canadiens). Only the Red Wings have won more (14). Boston has won four Game 7s in overtime, tied with Detroit for the most all-time.
Claude Julien (5-4) coached his ninth career Game 7, tying Scotty Bowman (6-3), Pat Burns (6-3) and Pat Quinn (5-4) for second all-time. Only Mike Keenan (5-5) has coached more Game 7s in NHL history.
FRANSON STEPS UP
Defenseman Cody Franson scored the tying and go-ahead goals for the Maple Leafs. He is only the third blueliner in NHL history to score two goals in a Game 7. The other defensemen to do so were Boston’s Brad Park in 1983 against Buffalo (as mentioned earlier) and Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom in
2010 at Phoenix. (Elias)
AROUND THE TWITTERVERSE
Bruins 5 Leafs 4: it ain’t over til the French kid scores two.
— Denis Leary (@denisleary) May 14, 2013 
This #Bruins  game is UNREAL!!!!
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) May 14, 2013 
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) May 14, 2013 
Anybody not watching the Bruins now!
— Brad Faxon (@BradFaxon) May 14, 2013 
Omg u guys watching Leafs-Bruins game???
— Dara Torres (@DaraTorres) May 14, 2013 
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, Game 1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS San Jose @ Los Angeles, Game 1, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN
Source: NHL Media