Monday, May 13, 2013

Bruins vs Leafs game 7 summary

Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara celebrate Bergeron's game winning and series winning goal
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Patrice Bergeron #37 and Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins celebrate following Bergeron's game-winning overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Wow what a game. What a finish. The Bruins were down 4-1 in the third period and wound up tying the game and sending it to overtime. Patrice Bergeron would score the game winner and send the Bruins to round 2 of the playoffs. What a series as Toronto played better than the Bruins and pushed them to the limit but in the end the Bruins were able to make an incredible comeback and win the series. The Bruins became the first team in NHL history to win a Game 7 after trailing by 3 goals in the 3rd period with this win. Watch the game 7 highlights video here.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Matt Bartkowski scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Leafs Cody Franson scored a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Leafs Cody Franson scored, making it 2-1 Leafs.

In the third period, Leafs Phil Kessel scored, making it 3-1 Leafs. Leafs Nazem Kadri scored, making it 4-1 Leafs. Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 4th goal of the playoffs, making it 4-2. With less than two minutes left in the period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, making it 4-3. With 51 seconds left in the period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 2nd goal of the season, tying the game 4-4.

In overtime, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, winning the game 5-4 and the series 4-3 for the Bruins.

Boston Bruins players celebrate their series win over the Toronto Maple Leafs
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: The Boston Bruins celebrate an overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 24 saves on 28 shots. Rask is now 4-3 with a 2.49 GAA and a .923 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 35-28 and faceoff wins 43-18. The Leafs led the game in hits 47-46 and blocked shots 15-7. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Leafs went 1-for-3.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 6 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 7 hits. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Andrew Ference and Wade Redden were out of the lineup and Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton were in the lineup. Dennis Seidenberg only played 0:37 as he hurt something and couldn't play in the rest of the game. Matt Bartkowski (24:51) and Dougie Hamilton (21:08) picked up a lot of ice time, although Zdeno Chara (35:46) had Johnny Boychuk (28:30) had the most ice time of all Bruins players.

Some concerning stats
In the Bruins-Leafs series, Tyler Seguin only had 1 assist and no goals in the 7 games; Brad Marchand had no goals in the 7 games; and Chris Kelly was -4 and had 0 points in the 7 games.

Onto the next one
The Bruins won the series and move onto the second round and will face the New York Rangers. The Bruins-Rangers series will start on Thursday in Boston. I will post the series schedule when it is released.

4 wins down, 12 more to bring the Cup back to Boston.

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