It wasn’t easy, but the Boston Bruins narrowly avoided another epic Game 7 collapse.
After skating out to a 2-0 lead, the Bruins were able to hold off the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in overtime. However, it wasn’t without the “here we go again” feeling resonating throughout Bruins Nation.
Johnny Boychuk and Mark Recchi scored early for Boston, but the Canadiens would come back to tie it in the 2nd period after Tomas Plekanec scored an unassisted, short-handed goal off a turnover near center ice.
“The Gahden” was rocking in the 3rd period after Chris Kelly scored off a rebound to put Boston up 3-2. But just minutes after the Dropkick Murphy’s “I’m Shipping Off To Boston” was playing over the loudspeaker, Montreal scored the tying goal off a power play with 1:57 left in the game. Here comes overtime and a potential Beantown meltdown.
In OT, Nathan Horton became a hometown hero, scoring the game-winner 5:43 into the extra period to ease any doubts. It was Horton’s 2nd game-winning goal in the series. Boston takes the series 4-3, and the icing on the cake is it’s the first time they won a playoff series after trailing 0-2.
Now is where it gets interesting. The Bruins will face the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second consecutive year. It was the Flyers who knocked Boston out of the playoffs last year, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Bruins in Game 7. That led to plenty of colorful radio on WEEI the next day.
Speaking of radio, I was able to follow most of the game on Itunes thanks to 98.5 WBZ-FM. The phrase “skating left to right on your radio” was classic.
The Bruins skate on, looking forward to the rematch with the Flyers and possibly putting away any Game 7 ghosts of the past.
Written by C. James