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Video: Remembering the last time the Bruins and Habs played Game 7

May 14, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT

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Nathan Horton‘s goal won it in overtime, but the last time the Bruins and Canadiens played a Game 7, in the first round of the 2011 playoffs, had so much more than one big moment.

In case you’d forgotten, the Bruins jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, only for the Canadiens to come back with two straight of their own, the tying tally on a shorthanded breakaway by Tomas Plekanec. And remember, this was a Boston team that was less than a year removed from choking on a 3-0 series lead versus the Flyers (and a 3-0 lead at home in Game 7). It was also a team that couldn’t score on the power play, so the fact Plekanec’s came shorthanded was a double whammy in a way.

The Bruins regained the lead halfway through the third, only to give it up again with less than two minutes remaining, on a rocket by P.K. Subban no less.

Horton’s winner came on a point shot at 5:43 of overtime, and the Bruins went on to win their first Stanley Cup since 1972, getting their revenge by sweeping the Flyers in the second round before beating Tampa Bay and Vancouver in two more series that went the distance.

Bit of a magical run, you might say.

“For us, it’s nice to reward our fans with this because they’ve been punished enough,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien after the Montreal series.

And Bruins fans have been rewarded plenty more since.

  1. titansbro - May 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    LOVE that quote from Julien. Haha

    • imleftcoast - May 14, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      76 seconds from going to a Game 7 in the 2013 Finals, and 18 seconds later their season is over. That is punishing the fans for sure.

  2. jcmeyer10 - May 14, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    I’m just barking at my co workers like Tim the Toolman Taylor right now. So excited.

  3. muckleflugga - May 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    good on claude …

    with another thirty nine year stretch of suffering at hand, it’s best to keep these memories close at hand

    • theskinsman - May 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Says the message board resident bag of douche. Do you actually have a team you root for, or is your massive intellect only capable of demonstrating how astute your hockey knowledge is.
      Everyone knows teams that win the President’s Trophy and are annual Cup contenders always have 39 year stretches of futility. I suggest you go back to stretching yourself, It’s a fair assumption you’re the only one interested in that, much like your posts.

  4. muckleflugga - May 14, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    let me guess …

    skinsman … sausages … the kind with veins

    rearward delivery

  5. muckleflugga - May 14, 2014 at 6:26 PM


    and it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to know every stretch of thirty nine year cup futility implicitly began with a cup win

    shooo shooooo, fly away now

  6. the8man - May 14, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    And this has no bearing on tonight’s game other than to remind us Bruins fans of glory, and fortune, past.

    Here’s the reality. This Bruins team is a very good team. The best in the league in the regular season and last year’s Eastern Conference Champion. Anything less than a win tonight and a series win against the waiting Rangers will be less than what the Bruins and we fans believe they could accomplish.

    So let’s stop the reflective crap and all of the silly analysis. They either get it done and move on or they don’t. And if they don’t, they and we fans will know they let something good slip away at the hands of their most storied (and hated) rival.

    And that will be tough to live with, so Bruins…..get it done!

    Go Bs!

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