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 was kind of touching. I didn't know really what to expect. I'm very appreciative and thankful for the people that supported me in my time here ... as I said, we'll move back to the area at some point in our life.
— Toronto coach Randy Carlyle on the video tribute and ovation he received in his first game back in Anaheim, a 3-1 win for the Maple Leafs