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Boston Bruins’ Late-Game Heroics Pushes Them Past Toronto Maple Leafs

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The Boston Bruins used a fierce attack and made a little history as they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in game 7. The Bruins, who hoisted the Stanley Cup two seasons ago, was facing Toronto in game 7 only one day after playing game 6. This will be a game that Boston fans will be talking about for a long time, while Toronto will wish it soon forgotten.

The Maple Leafs took a three-goal lead in the third period and seemed destined to move onto the next round. Boston had different ideas though. Boston became the first team in NHL history to win a game 7 when trailing by three goals in the third period. Boston scored three goals in the final ten minutes of the game to tie it up. Two of the goals came 31 seconds apart when their goalie, Tuukka Rask, sat on the bench. Boston would cap off the comeback with a goal by Patrice Bergeron in the overtime period.

With the win, the Bruins will face the New York Rangers — who were battling in their own game 7 against the Washington Capitals. Toronto, who were in the playoffs for the first time in a decade, will try to figure out what went wrong. Boston held a 3-1 series lead after four games, but Toronto battled back to force the game 7. Then with a three-goal lead in game 7 with half a period to play, it all came crashing down. The Bruins will hope the momentum gained in game seven will carry over to the series with New York. With both teams coming off game 7 wins, it should be an interesting series. Either way, if it is half as entertaining as either of their first-round series, fans will be in for a real treat.

Greg Higgins is a NHL contributor for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457. “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.