On February 12, with the visiting New York Rangers leading 3-1 late in the third period, the Bruins pulled Tuukka Rask for the extra attacker. They proceeded to score two goals in the last 1:31 with the goalie pulled to tie the game at three, in what was a stunning comeback.
While they ultimately fell to Henrik Lundqvist in the shootout, the Bruins learned that if they didn’t give up, it was never too late to get back into a game.
That lesson proved invaluable last night, when they found themselves down by two goals with less than two minutes left in the game. Only this time, the stakes couldn’t be higher. It is game 7, pushed to the limit by the upstart Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that was widely expected to be swept in this series. A team that stormed back from a 3 game to1 deficit to force this winner-take-all game. A loss would be devastating to the Bruins organization, most likely causing a shakeup if they lost game 7 of the first round two years in a row after winning the Stanley Cup two years ago.
Down by 2, Julien pulled Rask, and the Bruins had the confidence of knowing they had done it before. Milan Lucic scored with 1:22 left. Bergeron scored 31 seconds later.
Only this time, there was no shootout, and the Bruins were not going to come all this way and lose in the end like they did vs New York that frigid February night.
Bergeron scored again 6:05 into OT to complete the comeback, sending the Bruins into the second round, and sending the city of Boston into a frenzy not seen in years.