GAME 7: BRUINS (3-3) vs Maple Leafs (3-3)
10:06 - Overtime Snapshots: FINAL BOS 5, TOR 4
BRUINS WIN IN OT: In what may go down as one of the greatest comebacks in NHL history, the Bruins won on a goal from Patrice Bergeron at 6:05 of overtime. Bergeron's game winner was his second of the game and third of the series. Tyler Seguin chipped in on the play to earn his first assist of the postseason, while Brad Marchand was credited with his third assists of the playoffs. Bergeron was the leading point getter for the B's tonight notching two goals (game tying and game winner) and an assist on Milan Lucic's goal.
COMEBACK: Tonight's comeback was the first time the Bruins ahve come back from a three-goal deficit in a playoff game since they scored twice in April 11, 1990 when they trailed the Hartford Whalers by a 5-2 score in the third period and won a 6-5 decision.
9:41 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 4, TOR 4
BERGY TIES IT: In an incredible turn of events for the B's, Patrice Bergeron was able to pot a goal with 50 seconds remaining in the regulation. The puck made its way back to Bergeon just outside the faceoff circle, who put a wrister on the net that blew past James Reimer to tie the score for his second goal of the postseason. David Krejci (8) and Jaromir Jagr (4) are credited with the assist on the play
LUCIC CUTS IT TO ONE: Milan Lucic scored at 18:48 of the third off a rebound from a Zdeno Chara slap shot to give the Bruins momentum to bring them within one. The goal marked Lucic's second goal of the playoffs with Chara and Bergeron getting credited with assists on the play.
HORTON SCORES: Nathan Horton cut into the Leafs lead at 9:18 of third, giving the Bruins a bit of hope. Milan Lucic circled the net and fired on through the crease. The puck bounced out to Horton at the left faceoff circle and he shot a wrester past Reimer. It was Horton's fourth goal of the playoffs and Lucic's seventh assist. David Krejci also notched a helper on the goal, his sixth of the series.
KADRI WITH ANOTHER: Toronto seriously hampered the B's ability for a comeback at 5:29 of the third. Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel broke in on a two on one, with Kessel firing a shot on Tuukka Rask. Rask left a rebound and Kardi fired it past a sprawling Rask to put Toronto on top, 4-1.
THORNTON WITH A CHANCE: Shortly after the Leafs went up two, the Bruins had a golden chance to cut the lead to one. Chris Kelly couldn't stuff a rebound (off a Gregory Campbell wraparound attempt) past Reimer. A second rebound, from Kelly's shot, popped out to Shawn Thornton who was open in the slot. Reimer was down on his stomach, but Thornton couldn't elevate the puck enough and and the Leafs goalie gloved it.
KESSEL PUTS LEAFS UP TWO: Just 2:09 into the third, the Leafs took a two goal lead when Phil Kessel scored his fourth goal of the series. Nazem Kadri fired a shot on the Boston goal, and the Bruins weren't able to clear out the front of the net. Kessel was there to pick up the garbage and put it into an open net. James van Riemsdyk had the other assist for the Leafs.
8:50 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, TOR 2
SHOTS HARD TO COME BY: Throughout the game, the Bruins have had trouble firing shots on James Reimer for much of the game. In the first period, the Leafs outshot the Bruins, 12-7. It wasn't much in the second with the Bruins managing just six shots. Toronto ripped eight shots on Tuukka Rask in the period.
B"S TO POWER PLAY: The Bruins went on their first power play at 18:08 of the second. Brad Marchand was tripped by Joffrey Lupul off of a faceoff to the left of Tuukka Rask. The Bruins controlled the puck in the Toronto end for almost all of what remained of the middle frame. The B's had trouble firing any shots on goal, however, and were not able to convert. Eight seconds will be left on the penalty when the teams return for the third.
PENALTY TIME: Milan Lucic and Dion Phaneuf got into a shoving match behind the Toronto goal at 13:02 of the second period. Phaneuf took a swing at Lucic’s ankle behind the Maple Leafs’ net, and the Bruins’ forward responded by getting right into his face. Phaneuf and Lucic then exchanged a few shoves before the referees stepped in. However, Lucic was the only one of the two to be called for a penalty. He went off for roughing, putting the Leafs on their third power play of the game. The B's did well to keep Toronto from sustaining much pressure during the penalty and had a couple of chances of their own shorthanded. At 14:27, with Toronto still on the power play, Gregory Campbell and Mikhail Grabovski were both sent off the ice with matching penalties. Campbell was called for roughing, while Grabovski went to the bin for a cross-check.
FRANSON DOUBLES DOWN: At the 5:48 mark of the second period, Cody Franson netted his second goal of the night and gave the Maple Leafs’ their first lead of the game. Clarke MacArthur whipped a pass from behind the Bruins’ net to Franson, who was standing at the point with no one else in sight. Franson wound, fired, and connected on a slapshot past Tuukka Rask, who was screened by a slew of bodies in front of the B's net.
BRUINS GO ON THE POWER PLAY: Seconds into the second period, Nazem Kadri was called for interference after he checked Johnny Boychuk from behind as the two raced for a puck. The Bruins’ power play was able to generate two scoring opportunities, the first coming on a Zdeno Chara slapshot and the second on a Tyler Seguin one-timer from the right faceoff dot. Neither player could get it past James Reimer, however, and Boston’s PP unit is now 0-for-1 tonight.
7:50 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, TOR 1
RASK SOLID: Tuukka Rask continued his impressive play in the first period, despite giving up a goal. The save of the game so far came just under eight minutes into the game when Joffrey Lupul got behind Zdeno Chara and broke in on Rask all alone. Lupul came in and and went to the backhand, but Rask stuck out his right pad and stopped it with his toe. Chara, in pursuit of Lupul, caught the forward up high while he chased him down and was called for a high-stick. Rask made a number of of other key saves throughout the period, stopping 11 of 12 shots that came his way.
FRANSON TIES IT: Cody Franson tied the game punching in his second goal of the postseason on the doorstep to revitalize the Leafs with just over ten minutes remaining in the first period. Tuukka Rask stopped the two previous shots preceding the Franson goal, but the Leafs D-man was able to snake the puck from underneath the falling bodies to put it in the back of the net. Earning assists on the play were Jame van Riemsdyk (four) and Dion Phaneuf (two).
BARTKOWSKI NETS FIRST PLAYOFF GOAL: Matt Bartkowski gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead ripping a snapshot from just outside the top of the faceoff circle for his first career NHL postseason goal, sending the crowd into a frenzy. Nathan Horton played a key role on the play putting pressure on the Leafs causing them to lose the puck to Bartkowski. The Bruins are 10-5 lifetimes in Game 7s when scoring the first goal in the game.
PEVERLEY AND KADRI PENALIZED: At the 2:00 mark, Rich Peverley and Nazem Kadri were both sent to the penalty box. Peverley started the altercation by tripping Kadri in Boston’s offensive zone, which ignited a heated exchange between the pair in the neutral zone. Peverley was called for tripping and roughing—giving the Leafs their first power play of the night—while Kadri went for holding. Toronto was able to generate some offense with the man advantage, but Boston’s PK prevailed without yielding a goal.
KREJCI NEARLY STRIKES EARLY: Less than one minute into the first period, David Krejci took a feed in the Bruins’ defensive zone and flew down the ice, creating a 2-on-1 alongside Nathan Horton. Krejci, who is currently tied for the league-lead in postseason points, took the puck to net himself and nearly powered it past James Reimer, but couldn’t capitalize even with a chance off of a rebound.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs TOR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (3-3, 2.28 GAA, .932 Save %) vs. Reimer (3-3, 2.58 GAA, .932 Save %). Rask has a 10-9 record with a 2.51 GAA and .919 Save % in 19 career postseason games. Reimer has a 3-3 record with a 2.58 GAA and .932 Save % in six career postseason games.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from in and around the Boston area. Tonight's Fan Banner Captain is Jarrod Clowery, who was injured at the Boston Marathon. Here’s a list of the Fan Banner Captains thus far this postseason:
TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown, Sean Tierney, Eric Gahagan and Ariane Thibodeau
TOR, Game 2: Jeff Bauman
TOR, Game 5: Carlos Arredondo
BRUINS VS LEAFS POSTSEASON LIFETIME: The Bruins and Maple Leafs are playing their 14th series lifetime against each other in the NHL playoffs, with Toronto holding an 8-5 series advantage in the previous 13 series. The Bruins and Leafs have played 68 postseason games, with Toronto holding a 34-33-1 edge and Boston having a 170-164 scoring edge.
GAME SEVEN HISTORY: Tonight’s tilt marks the 24th Game 7 the Bruins franchise has been a part of, with 18 of those games being played in Boston. The Black & Gold hold a 12-11 lifetime record in Game 7’s lifetime and are 11-7 on home ice. Under Head Coach Claude Julien the Bruins hold a 3-4 record in Game 7’s. The Bruins have shutout their opponents in two of their last three Game 7’s. This evening’s Game 7 also marks the third of such between Boston and Toronto, with each team winning one of the previous two.
KREJCI LINE LEADS THE WAY: The Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton line has been the hottest trio for the Bruins combining for 24 points (9-15) through the first six games. Krejci leads the B’s and is tied with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin for the league-lead in postseason points with 11. Lucic is currently tied for fourth in the NHL with seven points while Horton is tied for fifth with six points. Krejci was held without a point for the first time in Game 6, but Lucic kept the line’s point streak alive by netting a goal with 25.5 seconds remaining in the third period.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Jaromir Jagr is currently one goal shy of tying Jean Beliveau for 10th place on the all-time playoff goals list with 79…Wade Redden enters tonight one point shy of his 50th career playoff point… Carl Soderberg, Aaron Johnson and Anton Khudobin are all looking to play in their first NHL postseason game.
TORONTO NOTEBOOK: With last night’s Game 6 victory, the Maple Leafs secured their first home playoff win against the Bruins since March 31, 1959, when they topped the B’s 3-2 in overtime…Toronto has played 13 lifetime Game 7’s on the road, posting a 5-8 record…Former Bruins first-round draft pick Joe Colborne made his postseason debut last night for Toronto, registering six hits, one blocked shot, and 15:05 of total ice time... Ben Scrivens and Jesse Blacker are now the lone Maple Leafs without a playoff game under their belts…James van Riemsdyk became Toronto’s leading scorer after recording a pair of assists last night, bringing his totals to 2-3=5. Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, Cody Franson, and Jake Gardiner are tied for second with four points each.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 3-for-18 (16.7%, 9th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 14-for-18 (77.8%, 11th NHL)… Maple Leafs power play: 4-for-18 (22.2%, 6th NHL), Maple Leafs penalty kill: 15-for-18 (83.3%, 8th NHL).