The 2013 NHL Playoffs have reached the conference semifinals stage, with the Boston Bruins staging a historic comeback at home in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Trailing 4-1 early in the third period, the Bruins rallied for three goals, including two within 30 second with less than two minutes remaining to force overtime, only to see Patrice Bergeron send Boston into the next round six minutes into the extra frame. That will set up an Original Six matchup against the New York Rangers, who turned in quite an impressive Game 7 performance themselves, shutting out the Washington Capitals on the road, 5-0, to complete a comeback of their own.
Boston was extremely close to turning in another postseason collapse, as they once possessed a three games to one lead in the series. Toronto was able to even the series at three games apiece, and came dangerously close to pulling off the upset, only to squander a three goal third period lead. Keep in mind, while the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, they have been on the receiving end of some of the more epic playoff collapses in recent history.
New York was able to rally from a 3-2 series deficit and shut out Washington in consecutive games in order to advance to the next round. Behind superb play in net by Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers outscored the Caps 6-0 in Games 6 and 7 after dropping a heartbreaker in overtime in Game 5. With the Game 7 victories by the Bruins and Rangers, that makes four of the Original six NHL teams still alive in the conference semifinals of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, as they join the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings of the Western Conference, who will also face off against each other in the second round.
As the playoffs continue on Tuesday, the Bruins and Rangers will receive additional time to recover after two hard fought victories. They will begin their series on Thursday in Boston in what should be a very tightly contested matchup, as New York took two out of three games in the regular season series against Boston in the strike shortened 2013 campaign, although it is worth noting that both of their wins came either in overtime or via a shootout victory. Here is a look at the schedule for Round 2:
Game 1: at BOS, Thu., May 16, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN
Game 2: at BOS, Sun., May 19, 3:00 p.m., NBC, TSN
Game 3: at NY, Tue., May 21, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN
Game 4: at NY, Thu., May 23, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, TSN
Game 5: at BOS, Sat., May 25, TBA
Game 6: at NY, Mon., May 27, TBA
Game 7: at BOS, Wed., May 29, TBA