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Bruins' late rally stuns Maple Leafs in Game 7

The Bruins charge toward a celebration while Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer stays face-down on the ice and his teammates retreat after Patrice Bergeron scores in OT for a 5-4 win.

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The Bruins charge toward a celebration while Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer stays face-down on the ice and his teammates retreat after Patrice Bergeron scores in OT for a 5-4 win.

BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron tied it with 51 seconds left in regulation then scored the winner 6:05 into overtime to give Boston a 5-4 victory over the Maple Leafs in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

In the East semifinals, the Bruins will play the Rangers, who won their Game 7 with the Capitals 5-0 on Monday.

Toronto opened a 4-1 lead in the third period, but Boston cut the deficit to two midway through and then scored twice in the final 82 seconds to force overtime.

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

"I don't know what happened to us," said Toronto's Phil Kessel, who had a goal and an assist. "You can't lose that game."

"We just fell apart a little bit," said Toronto forward Nazim Kadri, who also had a goal and an assist.

"I thought we ran out of gas," coach Randy Carlyle said.

The Bruins did not get back to Boston from Sunday night's Game 6 until Monday morning because their plane had mechanical difficulties.

They appeared tired in the early part of the game, spotting Toronto a 4-1 lead on Kadri's goal at 5:29 of the third period.

But Nathan Horton brought Boston within two goals and then Milan Lucic and Bergeron scored 31 seconds apart in the final 1:22 after the Bruins pulled goalie Tuukka Rask for an extra skater.

Rangers oust Caps

WASHINGTON — Led by Henrik Lundqvist's 35 saves in a second consecutive shutout, and goals from some unlikely sources, the Rangers beat the Capitals 5-0 in Game 7 to reach the East semifinals.

New York contained MVP finalist Alex Ovechkin again and completed its comeback after trailing in the series 2-0 and 3-2, adding another chapter to Washington's long history of playoff collapses.

Lundqvist is the first goalie to post shutouts in Game 6 and 7 of a playoff series since Dominik Hasek for the Red Wings in 2002, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

A Capitals offense led by Ovechkin, a former and the reigning league goals champion, managed to score 12 goals the entire series. Ovechkin had no points after Game 2. Before this series, two games was the longest he had gone without a point in his playoff career.

Arron Asham put New York ahead in the first period. Taylor Pyatt and Michael Del Zotto made it 3-0 early in the second 2:10 apart. Ryan Callahan added a goal 13 seconds into the third period, and when Mats Zuccarello scored with about 131/2 minutes left, thousands of red-clad fans streamed to the exits.

Wings playoff-tested

DETROIT — The Red Wings needed to win each of their last four games of the regular season just to get into the playoffs for the 22nd straight season.

After rallying from a 3-2 series deficit to win their West quarterfinal against the Ducks, the seventh-seeded Red Wings credited that regular-season streak for getting them to the second round.

"Those last four games really helped our team," captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We almost had a series before the postseason started."

Detroit finished off the Ducks with a 3-2 Game 7 win at Anaheim late Sunday. In the semifinals, it gets the top-seeded Blackhawks beginning Wednesday.

Semis begin tonight: Faced with a tight postseason schedule because of the lockout, the league starts the conference semifinals tonight with the top-seeded Penguins hosting the seventh-seeded Senators in the East and the fifth-seeded Kings hosting the sixth-seeded Sharks in the West.

GM of the year finalists: The Canadiens' Marc Bergevin, the Ducks' Bob Murray and the Penguins' Ray Shero are the finalists for the award, voted on by the league's 30 general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media.

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First Period1, Boston, Bartkowski 1, 5:39. 2, Toronto, Franson 2 (van Riemsdyk, Phaneuf), 9:35 (pp). PenaltiesKadri, Tor (roughing), 2:00; Peverley, Bos (tripping, roughing), 2:00; Chara, Bos (high-sticking), 7:41.

Second Period3, Toronto, Franson 3 (MacArthur, Grabovski), 5:48. PenaltiesKadri, Tor (interference), :33; Lucic, Bos (roughing), 13:02; Grabovski, Tor (cross-checking), 14:27; Campbell, Bos (roughing), 14:27; Lupul, Tor (tripping), 18:08.

Third Period4, Toronto, Kessel 4 (Kadri, van Riemsdyk), 2:09. 5, Toronto, Kadri 1 (Kessel, Gardiner), 5:29. 6, Boston, Horton 4 (Lucic, Krejci), 9:18. 7, Boston, Lucic 2 (Chara, Bergeron), 18:38. 8, Boston, Bergeron 2 (Krejci, Jagr), 19:09. PenaltiesNone. First Overtime9, Boston, Bergeron 3 (Seguin, Marchand), 6:05. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalToronto 12-8-6-2—28. Boston 7-6-17-5—35. Power-play opportunitiesToronto 1 of 3; Boston 0 of 2. GoaliesToronto, Reimer 3-4-0 (35 shots-30 saves). Boston, Rask 4-3-0 (28-24).

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First Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Asham 2 (Kreider), 13:19. PenaltiesAsham, NYR (roughing), 18:42.

Second Period2, N.Y. Rangers, Pyatt 1 (Dorsett, Eminger), 3:24. 3, N.Y. Rangers, Del Zotto 1 (Brassard, Nash), 5:34. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period4, N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 1, :13. 5, N.Y. Rangers, Zuccarello 1 (Brassard, Eminger), 6:39. PenaltiesBrouwer, Was (slashing), 3:28; Eminger, NYR (delay of game), 12:39; Ribeiro, Was, misconduct, 16:28; Brouwer, Was (slashing), 16:28. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 9-8-10—27. Washington 13-13-9—35. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 2; Washington 0 of 2. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 4-3-0 (35 shots-35 saves). Washington, Holtby 3-4-0 (27-22).

Bruins' late rally stuns Maple Leafs in Game 7 05/13/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 13, 2013 11:28pm]
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