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Bruins’ Lucic: ‘This was a huge win’

May 13, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT

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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



  1. patsfiend - May 14, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    I for one would have been in favor of them breaking things up a bit if they blew this series. But they didn’t, and the Bear has been poked. Boston vs. New York again. Go B’s!!

  2. homelanddefense - May 14, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    This was the Lucic we have been looking for during the past two seasons. Down 4-1 he put the team on his shoulders. This is what makes him so frustrating, he is capable of so much!

    • borderline1988 - May 14, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Screw Lucic. He’s a dirty player.

      Boston was really trying to intimidate the Leafs players with dangerous hits – a lot of them were illegal but the refs refused to call them. The crap they pulled (Marchand chucking that water bottle on the ice, chipping at Reimer constantly, crosschecking Leafs players in front of the net, consistently leaving their feet to deliver hits) was ridiculous. At least the Leafs played fair.

      The Leafs stood tall through all of it though – to their credit.

      But at the end of the day, the Leafs have no one to blame but themselves for that last 10 minutes. Just as Dion Phaneuf said, the Leafs just let the Bruins take over the game, and it seemed that they were content with just hoping Reimer would just shut the door for the last 10 minutes. Almost all Leaf fans whom I’ve conversed with say the same thing…we were all nervous in those last 10 minutes as we saw our team just abandon their attacking game. There was this gnawing feeling that the Leafs were going to cough up the lead if they didn’t step up. And they did.

      • homelanddefense - May 15, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Oh, so the leafs are choir boys now right? Komarov and Phaneuf were doing the same thing you accuse the Bruins of right? Give me a break.

        Last I checked there are 3-4 Bruins with stitches on their faces from high sticks.

      • borderline1988 - May 17, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        High sticks are usually accidents. Careless plays perhaps, but accidents nonetheless, so I don’t really see your point.

        It was obvious from the moment the puck dropped in game 7 that the Bruins made an effort to push around the Leafs. There were a ton of illegal hits throughout the course of the game, but the refs were pretty much letting everything go. If you didn’t see that, you clearly weren’t watching the game.
        Had game 7 been in Toronto, there would have been a parade of Boston players going to the penalty box.

        Though I don’t want to blame the loss on Boston’s antics..the Leafs blew that game all by themselves.

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