Florida Eliminates Presidents’ Trophy-Winning Boston In Game 7 Of First Round

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After setting NHL records with 65 wins and 135 standings points during the 2022-23 regular season, the Boston Bruins were eliminated in Game 7 of their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series by the Florida Panthers, last season’s Presidents’ Trophy winners. Boston led 3-1 in the series heading into Game 5 at home before allowing 15 goals in the last three games.

Florida went up by two in the second period of Sunday’s game at TD Garden before Boston scored three unanswered goals, including two in the first five minutes of the third period. With goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky pulled, defenseman Brandon Montour tied the game with exactly one minute left in regulation to send the contest to overtime.

8:35 into the extra session, left-wing Carter Verhaeghe roofed a wrister over the arm of goaltender Jeremy Swayman from the right dot after center Sam Bennett fed him from behind the net.

Bobrovsky was also the goaltender that the Tampa Bay Lightning were victim of in the 2019 first round, where the Columbus Blue Jackets swept the series after Tampa Bay tied an NHL record 62 regular-season wins with the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings.

Boston went all-in at the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline, acquiring defenseman Dmitry Orlov and right-wing Garnet Hathaway from the Washington Capitals in addition to right-wing Tyler Bertuzzi from the Detroit Red Wings. They do not have any first-round picks in the NHL Draft in both of the next two years or any seconds over the next three.

Florida will face the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Division, the Toronto Maple Leafs, in the second round after Toronto took down the three-time defending Eastern Conference Champion Tampa Bay Lightning in six games during the first round.

By Harrison Brown

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16 Responses to Florida Eliminates Presidents’ Trophy-Winning Boston In Game 7 Of First Round

  1. novafyre says:

    2013 – Chicago last Presidents Trophy winner to win the Cup.

  2. GRin430 says:

    And the Bs have 8 UFAs and 4 RFAs, leaving 14 NHL players under contract next year with only about $10.6M in projected cap space… Even if Bergeron and Krejci agree to come back at the same combined $3.5M they got this year, Boston is going to have a hard time filling out an NHL roster. I know the P-Bruins had a good year, but they’d better hope a lot of those guys are ready for the NHL…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Name a worse series upset

    • Harrison Brown says:

      2019, at least this one was close

    • redLitYogi says:

      Montreal over Washington, ’10
      Montreal over Boston ’71
      Washington over Boston ’12 (?)

      • James says:

        all of those are fine choices. Boston, although they frequently have excellent teams, seems to breed a kind of hubris that makes upsets not-so-unlikely.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Presidents’ trophy curse still alive and kicking.

  5. Scottlew73 says:

    As Bruins fan not shocked by outcome. Think they blew thier load trying to get regular season record & had nothing left in tank when they needed! Plus as soon as Bergeron came back they lost thier us against the world effort. Plus unless he’s missing body parts your starter shouldn’t be “OK” with being told he’s not starting,he seemed like he didn’t give a damn!

    • Prevent Defense says:

      Changing goalies at the last minute in hot playoff Game7. Recipe for defeat

      Coach Montgomery did all sorts of things right this season — until that decision. Ull deserved better. I bet he was furious but hid it from the public

      • redLitYogi says:

        I agree that the decision was startling. Could be he thought Florida had a read on Ullmark and knew how to beat him?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Now Seattle takes down the champs.

  7. Prevent Defense says:

    “That’s why they play the game!” — Howard Cosell, ABC Sports

  8. Jeremy says:

    President Trophy winners can’t win it all outside of a Mickey Mouse season. Chicago in a shortened season and Tampa’s back-to-back. This is a worse choke than 2019 Bolts

  9. Anonymous says:

    I feel for Orly and Hath. They uprooted their lives to play 7 more games.

    • Yellow Snowcone says:

      No they didnt. They are still UFAs. You think they bought a house, enrolled their kids in Boston schools, etc for a couple months in a new city? Heck, they could re-sign with Washington if they wanted to.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I know it makes me immature, but this makes Washington’s loss to Monteal hurt less

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