BOSTON -- So how exactly did the Boston Bruins rally from a 4-1 deficit to fashion a dramatic 5-4 overtime win on hockey's biggest stage -- Game 7 of a Stanley Cup Playoffs series.
It depends on who you ask.
Toronto coach Randy Carlyle thought his team's gas tank hit empty after Nazem Kadri scored 5:29 into the third period for a 4-1 lead. He says his players didn't have the energy reserves to successfully navigate the 14-plus minutes of the contest.
So instead of riding out the storm and pocketing a victory, the Maple Leafs allowed three goals in the final 10:42 of regulation to force overtime, which ended when Patrice Bergeron scored his second goal of the game at 6:05.
"Just trying to chew the clock, get the game down," Carlyle said of his team's mindset after delivering what seemed like the knockout punch to the Bruins. "You know they scored the one goal that gave them some life and we got it to a minute and a half and you knew the goaltender was going to be coming and we give up a goal that we thought, we still had a chance with the goalie out and they found a way to push one over the line. It just seemed like we ran out of gas."