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May 13: Bruins defeat Maple Leafs in historic Game 7 comeback

Plus: Potvin scores first power-play OT goal in Final; Crosby helps Penguins eliminate Ovechkin, Capitals

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Memories: Bruins' Game 7 comeback

Memories: Bruins pull off remarkable rally in Game 7

On May 13, 2013, the Boston Bruins trailed by three goals late in the 3rd period and mounted a four-goal rally to eliminate the Maple Leafs

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2013: The Boston Bruins become the first NHL team to win Game 7 of a Stanley Cup Playoff series after trailing by three goals in the third period when they rally to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime at TD Garden and win their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

Toronto leads 4-1 after Nazem Kadri scores 5:29 into the third period. The Bruins make it 4-2 when Nathan Horton scores at 9:18, but the Maple Leafs appear to have the game in hand until Boston pulls goalie Tuukka Rask with two minutes remaining. Not only do the Maple Leafs not hit the empty net, the Bruins get sixth-attacker goals by Milan Lucic at 18:38 and Patrice Bergeron at 19:09 to tie the game 4-4.

Bergeron caps the comeback when he beats Toronto goalie James Reimer at 6:05 of overtime.



1971: Bobby Hull sets a Chicago Blackhawks record with his 22nd point of the playoffs (an assist) in a 2-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Tony Esposito makes 31 saves for the second playoff shutout of his career, giving Chicago a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.


1975: The defending champion Philadelphia Flyers earn a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final by defeating the New York Islanders 4-1 at the Spectrum in Game 7 of the Semifinals, The Flyers bring out their lucky charm, Kate Smith, for a live version of "God Bless America"; Islanders captain Ed Westfall presents her with flowers before the music starts. But once the puck drops the night belongs to Philadelphia's Rick MacLeish, who scores twice in a three-goal first period and completes his hat trick by scoring an empty-net goal. The Islanders come up one win short of winning a second straight series after losing the first three games.


1978: The Montreal Canadiens win their ninth consecutive Cup Final game since 1976 by defeating the Bruins 4-1 in Game 1 at the Forum. Guy Lafleur scores Montreal's first goal and assists on the next two. Ken Dryden makes 15 saves to set a record for consecutive wins in the Final by a goalie. Overall, it's their 10th consecutive victory in the Final; their last loss comes in Game 5 in 1973.


1980: Denis Potvin scores the first overtime power-play goal in the history of the Cup Final, giving the Islanders a 4-3 victory against Philadelphia in Game 1 at the Spectrum. Potvin assists on the tying goal by fellow defenseman Stefan Persson with 3:42 remaining in the third period, then beats Pete Peeters at 4:08 of overtime, one second before a penalty to Jim Watson would have expired. It turns out to be the only victory by the road team in the six-game series.


1982: Mike Bossy becomes the first player to score 50 playoff goals as a member of the Islanders, and Billy Smith makes 23 saves for his third career playoff shutout in a 3-0 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Pacific Coliseum in Game 3 of the Cup Final. The win moves the Islanders within one victory of their third consecutive Stanley Cup championship.


1993: The Los Angeles Kings advance to the conference finals for the first time when Wayne Gretzky scores one goal and has two assists in a 5-3 victory against the visiting Canucks in Game 6 of the Smythe Division Final. Gretzky sets up second-period goals by Tomas Sandstrom and Warren Rychel before scoring an unassisted goal midway through the third period. It's the first time since entering the NHL in 1967 that the Kings win multiple playoff series in the same year.


2006: Jason Pominville becomes the first player in playoff history to score a series-ending shorthanded goal in overtime. His goal at 2:26 of OT gives the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.


2009: Sidney Crosby comes out on top against Alex Ovechkin in their first playoff series against each other when the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Washington Capitals 6-2 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Crosby opens the scoring at 12:36 of the first period and Craig Adams makes it 2-0 eight seconds later; it's the fastest two goals by one team in a Game 7. Crosby finishes the game with two goals and an assist; Ovechkin scores a power-play goal in the second period; but not until the Penguins have a 5-0 lead.


2015: The New York Rangers complete a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit when Derek Stepan scores at 11:24 of overtime to given them a 2-1 victory against the Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Madison Square Garden. Stepan picks up the carom of a shot by Dan Girardi and beats Braden Holtby. The Rangers improve to 7-0 in Game 7s at home.


2016: Andrei Vasilevskiy makes 25 saves after replacing injured starter Ben Bishop to help the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center. Bishop makes nine saves before being taken off the ice on a stretcher with 7:35 remaining in the first period after his stick became tangled with Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist, who's attempting to drive behind the net. Vasilevskiy, 21, allows only a goal by Hornqvist late in the second period, after the Lightning take a three-goal lead.

Video: TBL@PIT, Gm1: Vasilevskiy moves left to deny Crosby


2017: Bobby Ryan scores 4:59 into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 win against the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. Ryan, the No. 2 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft (by the Anaheim Ducks) after the Penguins take Crosby, goes forehand to backhand and beats Marc-Andre Fleury for the win, Ottawa's sixth in seven overtime games in the 2017 playoffs.


2018: The Capitals score five unanswered goals in a 6-2 win against the Lightning at Amalie Arena in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final. Washington takes a 2-0 lead in a best-of-7 series by winning the first two games on the road for the third time since entering the NHL in 1974. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Lars Eller each has a goal and two assists.


2019: Robert Bortuzzo's first career playoff goal breaks a tie, and the St. Louis Blues even the Western Conference Final at one win apiece with a 4-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. The defenseman puts the Blues ahead 3-2 with a backhand shot from the bottom of the right hash marks at 16:34 of the second period after Logan Couture scores twice in 1:59 earlier in the period for the Sharks. It's Bortuzzo's first goal in 31 playoff games.



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