Two years later, Game 7 comeback vs. Leafs still brings chills
Prior to the infamous Game 7 comeback vs. the Maple Leafs two years ago today, Patrice Bergeron was already well-established as one of the best two-way players in the National Hockey League.
The legend of Patrice Bergeron grew even bigger on that faithful night on Causeway Street.
[quote_box]”It’s one of the craziest [games] I’ve been a part of,” Bergeron said after the B’s came from behind after trailing 4-1 nearly midway through the third period. “We stayed resilient. We found a way [to win].”[/quote_box]
Prior to the comeback, it looked like the Leafs would come out of this as the more resilient bunch. The Bruins had a three games to one series lead on their division rivals, but Toronto forced a seventh and deciding game after etching out victories in Games 5 and 6.
All the talk about Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien’s job security throughout this season? That was something that they heard before on numerous instances. But the tenure of both the now former Bruins GM and coach could’ve been at risk had the team suffered another disappointing playoff exit – just two years after winning Lord’s Stanley Cup.
As a matter of fact, I had a post already written on why the Black and Gold should part ways with Julien ready to go — not so much with Chiarelli yet, for whatever reason. Even though it seemed like both would watch yet another series collapse just three years after the team blew a 3-0 series lead against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Bruins had fought through adversity before, but I was certainly convinced that they would not be able to pull it off, especially when Boston villain Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri scored 3:20 apart to give the Leafs that 4-1 lead.
Even when Nathan Horton scored to cut the deficit to 4-2, it never felt like the B’s would get the job done.
After Horton’s tally, however, Boston slowly started to establish zone time and generated several scoring chances. Still, I was several paragraphs into my story on the B’s parting ways with Julien.
I stopped writing with about five minutes left to watch the end of the game with my Dad at home, in what could have been an end of an era. Then 4-2 became 4-3 thanks to Milan Lucic.
Shortly after, 4-3 became 4-4 on Bergeron’s first.
At that point, I felt secure enough to delete my entire story and start from scratch with whatever needed to be written about the comeback the morning after.
Finally, Bergeron capped off the incredible comeback in overtime. The story on why Julien needed to go forever reads as a blank space.
Even though I wasn’t credentialed for that game — at the time Bruins Daily only had one seat per writer on the Level 9 Press Box — I could hear the crowd going bonkers in my head.
For those Bruins fans, media and others who weren’t there live, I still imagine they, like me, have chills envisioning that moment to this day. Today is no different as calls of Dave Goucher screaming “Bergeron, Bergeron”…
…and even Jack Edwards jumping up and down in joy — in typical Jack Edwards fashion — are being re-lived on numerous occasions.
Now here we are two years later. The state of the Bruins is not as secure as it used to be. There will be a new GM in town soon (likely Don Sweeney) and perhaps a new coach.
Whatever happens with the Bruins going forward remains to be seen. But there is always hope that more memories like the Game 7 comeback two years ago will be in store in the Hub of Hockey.
To quote Monty Python: “always look on the bright side of life.”