The Bruins appeared destined for an embarrassing first-round elimination, trailing 4-1 against visiting Toronto with less than 11 minutes remaining in regulation of a Game 7 showdown. Instead, Boston stunned the Maple Leafs and brought a downtrodden crowd at TD Garden to elation with an unbelievable 5-4 comeback victory.
The Bruins tallied three straight goals in the third period, including two in the final 82 seconds, to send the contest into overtime.
Patrice Bergeron, who scored the game-tying goal with 51 seconds left in the third period, put a punctuation mark on an unforgettable victory when he connected on a game-winner 6:05 into overtime.
Toronto trailed 1-0 early in the opening period before tallying four consecutive goals, gaining a commanding three-score lead midway through the third frame. The Maple Leafs appeared primed to celebrate their first playoff series victory in nearly a decade until a furious Bruins rally forced Toronto fans to keep the champagne bottles corked.
Boston led the series 3-1 before dropping consecutive 2-1 defeats. Toronto came tantalizingly close to winning its third straight game in Beantown, which would've sent both franchises in drastically different directions than what we're seeing tonight.
The Bruins now await the winner of Washington versus New York. If the Rangers hold on to a sizable lead, the Eastern Conference semifinals would open in Boston and pair up two of the "Original Six" hockey clubs.
Final: Boston 5, Toronto 4 (overtime)