Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game Seven

Last season during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I put out a morning “noteworthy” column in the style of Trey Kerby’s “Things Of Note” posts on The Basketball Jones. This year I’ll be doing something similar (I think with some upgrades on my own previous attempts) using the NHL’s morning press release (“Stanley Cup of Joe,” they’re calling it), my own opinions, and some videos, .GIFs and appropriate pictures. Quoted passages are from the NHL press release.

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I’m am generally against the use of the word “epic,” but goodness me, that Bruins win last night feels like a good time to use it.

So that happened

The Bruins became the first team in the history of the NHL to overcome a three goal third period lead to win in Game 7. Hell, only one team in the history of the league has ever overcome a two-goal third period deficit (Montreal in 1979 against Boston).

A team hasn’t come back from behind down two goals with under two minutes left in a playoff games since 1993, when the Quebec Nordiques did it.

Hero card

Patrice Bergeron scored the game-tying and game-winning goals to lift the Bruins to an amazing comeback victory in Game 7. He is the third player in NHL history to score a Game 7 overtime goal after recording the final goal of regulation in the same game. The other players to do so were Boston’s Brad Park against Buffalo in the 1983 Adams Division Final and Buffalo’s Derek Plante against Ottawa in the 1997 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, though Park’s final regulation goal came in the middle of the second period and Plante’s was scored early in the third. (Elias)

To tie

To win

A rarity

Cody Franson scored twice for the Leafs. That’s only the second time in NHL history a d-man has potted two in a Game 7. Other guys were Brad Park and Nick Lidstrom.

Not a rarity

Seventeen of the 47 opening-round games (36.2%) in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs required overtime, an NHL record. Home teams improved to 11-6 (.647) in overtime games this year. Last year, a then-record 16 first-round games (33.3%) went past regulation, with home clubs winning only four times (.250).

A rarity

The Bruins are the only team this season to score two goals in a game with an extra attacker on the ice in place of a pulled goalie. They did so in the regular season (coincidentally against their next opponent, the New York Rangers) and in this Game 7. (via ESPN)

It’s all about timing

Bergeron recorded a point on the Bruins’ last three goals in Game 7. He was on ice for only three of the Bruins’ first 19 goals in the series, recording one point. (Also via ESPN)

There was another game

The Rangers smoked the Capitals in Washington 5-spit. Prior to Henrik Lundqvist’s back-to-back goose eggs in this series, only three other goalies had ever closed out a series with shutouts in Games 6 and 7. Dominik Hasek, Curtis Joseph, and Harry Lumley in 1950.

the more you know

It wasn’t close

It was so un-close (word of the day), in fact, that the Rangers tied the NHL record for the largest margin of victory by a visiting team in a Game 7. Also, it was the franchise’s first Game 7 shutout, which is kinda cool.

Round two in the East

The Penguins and Senators will meet in the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (a 4-2 series victory by Pittsburgh) and fourth time overall. The Bruins and Rangers will face off in the postseason for the first time since the 1973 Quarterfinals (a 4-1 series victory by New York) and 10th time overall.

Tonight’s Action

All times Eastern

Ottawa @ Pittsburgh, Game 1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
San Jose @ Los Angeles, Game 1, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN