Down and looking like they might be out, it would seem the winds of change were blowing around the Boston Bruins on Monday night.
That was before they roared back from a three-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins then won the game in overtime.
The comeback was complete, and the Bruins had won the series.
The Bruins are only two years removed from a Stanley Cup championship. But they were knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round last year and it looked like that might happen again after the Leafs fell behind in the series three-games-to-one only to force a seventh game.
Another opening-round loss in a decisive must-win game could’ve meant major changes.
Instead, the Bruins will advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they will play the New York Rangers.
“That was a huge win, obviously. We knew that if we lost this one it might have meant the end of this group,” said Bruins’ forward Milan Lucic, as per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.