Cam Neely was a part of some memorable moments during his NHL career, but he told CBS Boston’s Felger & Mazz that he’s never experienced anything quite like the Boston Bruins’ stunning comeback from a 4-1 deficit against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7.
“Someone asked me that earlier today,” Neely said. “I remember a lot of great, exciting playoff games. But to put it in comparison is tough to do, because you’re talking about Game 7. To come back from three goals in a Game 7 to win the series. That particular game, although it was an extremely exciting comeback for us, it wasn’t to keep the series alive, it was to get back into the series.
“I don’t know if you can find a Game 7 in any sport that’s had this type of situation, with that much time left in the game.”
At the very least, Neely is right about this comeback being one-of-a-kind. The Bruins became the first team to overcome a three-goal third-period deficit in a Game 7 when they did so on Monday.
It’s not clear if injured Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg (lower body), Andrew Ference (foot) or Wade Redden (undisclosed) will be able to play Game 1 of Boston’s second-round series on Thursday versus the Rangers at TD Garden.
From CSN New England:
General manager Peter Chiarelli said that Redden couldn’t play on Tuesday night if there were a playoff game, and he would only confirm that Seidenberg did suffer an injury without getting into the seriousness of it.
Seidenberg only played two shifts and 37 seconds in Game 7 after appearing to injure one of his legs during the very first shift of the game. Zdeno Chara played 35 plus minutes and both young defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton played 20 plus minutes with one of their best defensemen down and out.
Earlier today, the B’s called up d-man Torey Krug from AHL Providence. Given the Baby B’s are still alive in the playoffs (they have a game tomorrow at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton), the move suggests Krug is a possibility to play Thursday.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s decision to split up Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg for Game 7 of the first round paid off. However, he won’t tip his hand for the Red Wings’ series opener against Chicago. (Detroit Free Press)
Jason Spezza might be available for the Ottawa Senators as early as Game 3. (Ottawa Citizen)
Will the Edmonton Oilers buy out captain Shawn Horcoff? (Edmonton Journal)
After being stranded in Toronto Sunday night, the Boston Bruins had to scramble to find a place to eat and were grateful when Canyon Creek Restaurant agreed to accommodate them. “I’m sure they were, if not closed, pretty close to closing,” Bruins forward Chris Kelly said. The restaurant got four tickets to Game 7 as a thank you and a Bruins’ fan within the staff took advantage of the offer. He got quite a show. (NHL.com)
The San Jose Sharks might get defenseman Jason Demers back for Game 1. (CSN Bay Area)
The Senators see their upcoming series against the Pittsburgh Penguins has another chance to prove their critics wrong. (Toronto Star)
Canada just narrowly beats Slovenia on Monday at the World Championship. Steven Stamkos scored twice to help the Canadians avoid the upset. (NHL.com)
Highlights from the New York Rangers’ 5-0 victory over Washington:
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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.
It wasn’t easy and, in fact, it looked next to impossible.
But the Boston Bruins have moved past the Toronto Maple Leafs and will now play the New York Rangers in the second round of the playoffs.
The Bruins were down three goals just before the midway point of the third period, but came storming back to beat the Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime of Game 7 on Monday night.
The Rangers went into Washington and crushed the Capitals by a final score of 5-0 in Game 7, setting up an Original Six match-up with the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinal.
The Bruins had a 1-0-2 record against the Rangers during the regular season.
The other second-round series in the East has the Pittsburgh Penguins, the top team in the conference, going up against the scrappy Ottawa Senators.