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NHL: Boston 5, Toronto 4 (OT)

May 13, 2013 at 11:47 PM

BOSTON, May 13 (UPI) -- Patrice Bergeron scored a late equalizer and netted the overtime game-winner Monday, rallying Boston over Toronto 5-4 in Game 7 of their playoff series.

The Bruins seemed destined for elimination in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series after going down 4-1 in the third period, but then staged a historic comeback.

Nathan Horton began the rally with a goal 9:18 into the final frame.

Then in the waning moments of regulation, goaltender Tuukka Rask was pulled and Milan Lucic cut the deficit to one with 1:22 remaining on the rebound of a Zdeno Chara shot.

Thirty-two seconds later, Bergeron drew Boston even with a wrist shot past James Reimer from the high slot.

Six minutes into the overtime, Boston center fired in a loose puck from the right circle, and the Bruins had the stunning win, becoming the first team in NHL history to rally from three goals down in the third period to win a Game 7.

Rask finished with 24 saves for Boston, which will meet the New York Rangers in Round 2.

Cody Franson scored twice and Reimer made 30 saves for the Maple Leafs, who were trying to pull off win after trailing the series 3-1.

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