NHL Playoffs: 'We found a way': Bruins stun Leafs with Game 7 rally

2013-05-14T00:00:00Z NHL Playoffs: 'We found a way': Bruins stun Leafs with Game 7 rallyThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins turned back Toronto's comeback with a rally of their own.

Trailing by three goals in the third period and still by two with less than 90 seconds left in their season, the Bruins scored twice in a span of 31 seconds to tie it and then eliminated the Maple Leafs on Patrice Bergeron's goal at 6:05 of overtime to win 5-4 in Game 7 on Monday.

"It was one of the crazy ones I've been part of," said Bergeron, who assisted on Milan Lucic's goal with 1:22 in regulation and scored to tie it with 51 seconds left in the third. "We found a way, not necessarily the way we would have liked to play the whole game."

Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots for Boston, which led the best-of-seven series 3-1 before the Maple Leafs won two in a row to force a seventh game.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Bruins are the first team in NHL history to win a Game 7 after trailing by three goals in the third period.

The Bruins will play the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, starting the series at home; the NHL has not announced the dates.

Toronto opened a 4-1 lead in the third period of the decisive game, but Nathan Horton cut the deficit to two midway through the third period and then Lucic and Bergeron scored in the final 1:22 with Rask on the bench for an extra skater.

"Anything can happen," Lucic said, "and that's exactly what happened."

• Rangers 5, Capitals 0: In Washington, led by Henrik Lundqvist's 35 saves in a second consecutive shutout, and goals from some unlikely sources, New York won Game 7 to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals.

New York contained Alex Ovechkin again and completed its comeback after trailing in the series 2-0 and 3-2 - the latest in Washington's long history of playoff collapses.

It is the first time New York won a Game 7 on the road in its history.

Family sues NHL for son's death

CHICAGO - The family of a hockey player who died of an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the NHL, blaming it for brain damage he suffered as an enforcer and for his addiction to prescription painkillers.

Derek Boogaard, who was found dead on May 13, 2011, at age 28, was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain ailment that can be caused by repeated blows to the head, according to the 55-page lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court late Friday.

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