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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.
IT’S OVER! FLORIDA COMES ALL THE WAY BACK FROM A 3-1 SERIES DEFICIT! 😱 #Game7
They’ve taken down the Presidents’ Trophy winners‼️ #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/Ex1r07SR6P
— NHL (@NHL) May 1, 2023
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.
THIS SERIES ISN’T OVER YET 😱 @MontourBrandon just forced OT in #Game7! #StanleyCup
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— NHL (@NHL) May 1, 2023
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.
“We just did what nobody in the world thought we could do.”
Matthew Tkachuk chats with @SNCaroline following the @FlaPanthers Game 7 OT win. pic.twitter.com/vYVQYgPBTZ
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 1, 2023
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
2013 – Chicago last Presidents Trophy winner to win the Cup.
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…
Name a worse series upset
2019, at least this one was close
Montreal over Washington, ’10
Montreal over Boston ’71
Washington over Boston ’12 (?)
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.
Presidents’ trophy curse still alive and kicking.
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!
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
I agree that the decision was startling. Could be he thought Florida had a read on Ullmark and knew how to beat him?
Now Seattle takes down the champs.
“That’s why they play the game!” — Howard Cosell, ABC Sports
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
I feel for Orly and Hath. They uprooted their lives to play 7 more games.
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.
I know it makes me immature, but this makes Washington’s loss to Monteal hurt less