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The Boston Bruins had blown it.
They had taken a 3-1 lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs after the fourth game, and it seemed like they would cruise into the second round.
But these were not the same old Maple Leafs. There was no quit in them, and they picked up their game. They beat the Bruins in Games 5 and 6 to tie the series, with both victories coming by 2-1 margins.
In the seventh game, it looked like a disaster. After the Bruins opened the scoring on a goal by defenseman Matt Bartkowski, the Maple Leafs ripped off four straight goals.
The Bruins found themselves down by three goals midway through the third period. Nathan Horton scored a goal to give the Bruins some momentum, but the Bruins were still down by two goals with less than two minutes to play.
Head coach Claude Julien pulled Tuukka Rask, and Milan Lucic cut the deficit to one when he potted a goal with 1:22 remaining. The Bruins did not let up, and Patrice Bergeron fired a wrister from near the blue line with Zdeno Chara screening goaltender James Reimer. The score was somehow tied, and the series would be decided in overtime.
The Bruins did not let up in the extra session. The much-maligned Tyler Seguin went to the front of the net and fought for a loose puck. He got his stick on it, and it skittered over to Bergeron. He sent it into the net for the comeback and the series winner.
No team had ever come back from a three-goal deficit in the third period of a seventh game to win a playoff series.
The Bruins have accomplished that feat and move on to the conference semifinals against the New York Rangers.