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Bruins rally to advance past Maple Leafs
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Patrice Bergeron scored the game-tying goal with 50.2 seconds left in regulation and then netted the game-winner 6:05 into overtime to cap a furious Boston comeback and send the Bruins into the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of their quarterfinal set from TD Garden.
Boston trailed 4-1 over nine minutes into the third before scoring four unanswered goals to become the first team in NHL history to win a Game 7 when trailing by three goals in the final frame.
Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic each scored once in the rally before Bergeron fired a shot from the high slot that snuck through a screen and beat James Reimer up high to knot the game with under a minute left in regulation.
Bergeron then sent the Bruins into the second round just over six minutes into the extra session when his shot from the right circle was knocked down in front, but Toronto's clearing attempt ended up in the low right circle, where the Boston center retrieved it before finding the back of the net for the deciding goal.
Matt Bartkowski also lit the lamp in regulation, while Tuukka Rask registered 24 saves for the Bruins, who will take on the winner of the series between Washington and the New York Rangers in the second round. The Capitals and Rangers are currently playing Game 7 of their series.
Cody Franson scored twice, with Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel each adding a goal and an assist for the Leafs, who were trying to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series for the first time since 1942 when they lost the first three games of the Stanley Cup Finals before storming back to beat Detroit.
Reimer posted 30 saves in defeat.
05/13 22:32:58 ET