Five years ago today: A Game 7 for the ages
Any adjective to describe the Game 7 between the Bruins and Lightning five years ago today probably wouldn’t do justice.
In another do or die situation, the Bruins and Lightning both came out with desperation. In the 18th game of the playoffs – for both teams – the back and forth encounter had it all: physicality, scoring chances and courage. From the opening moments where Dennis Seidenberg collided with Martin St. Louis to Tim Thomas and Dwayne Roloson making clutch stops and Steven Stamkos returning after taking one of Johnny Boychuk’s ‘rockets’ to the nose, nothing was lacking in this encounter.
Finally, late in the third period, a familiar hero emerged. Nathan Horton, who delivered overtime winners in Games 5 (in double OT) and 7 in the first round series versus the hated Canadiens, took a perfect pass from David Krejci and tipped the puck past Roloson. That sent the TD Garden into a frenzy and to this day remains one of the loudest crowds in the building’s 20-plus year history on Causeway Street.
During my five years with Bruins Daily, I’ve got to witness many incredible postseason moments. From start to finish, I still put this Game 7 penalty-free encounter between the Bruins and Lightning at the top of the list of the best games I’ve covered.
As I typed my final sentence, I can still hear that crowd roaring.