BOSTON - Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli says he was preparing for disappointment before his team pulled off its remarkable comeback.
He says he was thinking ahead to what the next few days would be like until Boston started its third-period rally and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime of Game 7 of an NHL first-round series Monday night.
The Bruins became the first team to win a playoff game after trailing by three goals in the third period.
Now they face the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals starting Thursday night in Boston.
It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.
— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness