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TORONTO DOMINION GARDEN -- The Boston Bruins scored four goals in the third period of a 7-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round at TD Garden on Wednesday.

The Bruins will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round. Game 1 is at Tampa on Saturday at 3pm on NBC, as there will be no further local broadcasts.

It's the first time Boston advanced in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2014.

The Bruins, who lost Games 5 and 6, trailed by one goal three times, including 4-3 entering the third period.

"That was one of the most incredible games I've ever been a part of," said forward Brad Marchand, who scored into an empty net to make it 7-4 with 51 seconds remaining. "It was so back and forth, the intensity from the crowd and the emotion was a lot of fun to be a part of. But even after they got the lead a couple times ... we knew that we have the resiliency in the room to continue to come back."After Torey Krug tied it 4-4 at 1:10, Jake DeBrusk scored his second goal of the game, at 4-on-4, to give the Bruins a 5-4 lead at 5:25. DeBrusk kept the puck on his hip and then beat goalie Frederik Andersen with a wrist shot just before defenseman Jake Gardiner hit him.

"I don't get out there 4-on-4 that much, so I just wanted to take it to the net and I kind of caught I think their defenseman off guard right away with just my speed," DeBrusk said. "And then I tried to make a move and actually tried to raise it, and I didn't even see it go in, I just heard the crowd go pretty nuts. It was a very special feeling, especially making it 5-4 at that point."

David Pastrnak scored from the slot off a pass from Patrice Bergeron at 11:39 to make it 6-4.

Bergeron had a goal and two assists, David Krejci had three assists, and Tuukka Rask made 20 saves for the Bruins.

Patrick Marleau scored two goals, and Andersen made 29 saves for the Maple Leafs, who were eliminated in the first round for the second straight year and have not advanced in the playoffs since 2004.

"It [stinks]," Toronto center Nazem Kadri said. "But you have to take the positives out of it. We would have loved to have advanced, but I think for the future we're going to be a team to be reckoned with and we will be back in this situation."

Marleau scored his first goal during a power play 2:05 into the game to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead. He tipped Jake Gardiner's shot past Rask from the slot.

DeBrusk scored on the power play to tie it 1-1 at 4:47 when he redirected Pastrnak's pass, but Marleau beat Rask with a one-timer from the bottom of the right face-off circle to give the Maple Leafs a 2- 1 lead at 6:12.Danton Heinen scored with a wrist shot from the high slot at 9:10 to get the Bruins back even 2-2, and Bergeron scored to give Boston a 3-2 lead with 37 seconds left in the first after Kevan Miller's shot from the right point caromed off the end boards to him to the left of the net.

Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott scored at 2:07 of the second period on a wrist shot from the left circle that hit Miller's stick to tie it 3-3.

Kasperi Kapanen shed Marchand's backcheck at the Bruins blue line and then beat Rask shorthanded at 6:05 for a 4-3 Toronto lead."At the start of the series, if you'd have told me we were playing Boston and it'd be like this and we'd be right here going into the third period, I would've taken that all day long," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said.

NOTES: The Captain, Zdeno Chara, played NEARLY HALF OF THE GAME with 28:38 of ice time...The Johnston Jackhammer, Noel Acciari, along with defenseman Kevan Miller led the game with 6 hits...Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner was a game high (or low) -5, yet admirably faced the media after game and took full responsibility for his play...Patrice Bergeron collected 1g-2a—3pts to boost his career Game 7 totals to 5g-4a—9pts (all with the Bruins), becoming the highest-scoring Bruins player ever in Game 7s (for both goals and points). In fact, Bergeron became the 11th player in NHL history to compile at least nine career points in Game 7s.


Game 1: Sat., Apr. 28 at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m. (NBC, SN, TVA) 
Game 2: Mon., Apr. 30 at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, TVA)
Game 3: Wed., May 2 at Boston, 7 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, TVA)
Game 4: Fri., May 4 at Boston, 7 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, TVA)
Game 5 (if necessary): Sun., May 6 at Tampa Bay, TBD 
Game 6 (if necessary): Tue., May 8 at Boston, TBD
Game 7 (if necessary): Thu., May 10 at Tampa Bay, TBD



Sean Couturier reveals he played last two games with a torn medial collateral ligament 

Despite playing with a serious injury suffered in a practice collision with teammate Radko Gudas Tuesday he returned and scored the game-winner in Game 5 on Friday, before his encore performance in Game 6 Sunday in which he has a hat-trick and two assists, in a losing effort in which his teams' season came to an end.

The ironic part if the story is that Gudas usually hurts opponents, not his own teammates, but the story goes to show people that hockey players are the toughest athletes in the world.




BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced yesterday that the team has signed University of Minnesota-Duluth forward Karson Kuhlman to a two-year NHL contract worth an average annual value of $750,000. Kuhlman will join the Providence Bruins on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

Kuhlman served as captain of Minnesota-Duluth as a senior in 2017-18, tallying 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points in 44 games. The 22-year-old center was named the 2018 NCAA Tournament MVP after leading the Bulldogs with a goal and an assist in the team's 2-1 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA Championship. Kuhlman served as alternate captain as a junior in 2016-17, notching six goals and 16 assists for a career-high 22 points in 42 games, as the Bulldogs advanced to the Frozen Four before falling to Denver in the NCAA title game. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward was named alternate captain as a sophomore in 2015-16, recording 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points with a career-best plus-19 rating. As a true freshman in 2014-15, Kuhlman tallied eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points as the team earned a bid in the NCAA Tournament. The Cloquet, Minnesota native is tied for seventh in NCAA history with 166 consecutive games played.

Prior to attending Minnesota-Duluth, Kuhlman played one full season (2013-14) with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey Leagues (USHL), where he amassed 25 goals and 19 assists for 44 points with a plus-16 rating in 56 appearances, and was selected to play in the USHL All-Star Game.