May 15, 2013

Bruins prove the comeback kids

Now an old rivalry can be restored with the Rangers, who also came back to win a seventh game.

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Boston center Patrice Bergeron, left, is congratulated by David Krejci, center, and Nathan Horton after his last-minute goal set up overtime Monday vs. Toronto.

The Associated Press

GAME 1

WHO: Bruins vs. N.Y. Rangers

WHAT: Eastern Conference semifinals

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: TD Garden

TELEVISION: NBCSN

"There's no flipping the switch," said Chiarelli, who had seen his team play well at times during the series. "This is about focusing."

He also saw "some terrific coaching on the empty-net goals" and players creating traffic near the crease.

Bergeron tied the game with 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara in front of Reimer. Then he won it with Seguin there.

"That's one thing you're going to remember probably for the rest of your life, because it was such a comeback," defenseman Johnny Boychuk said. "Everybody probably thought that we were done."

Down 4-1, the Bruins were desperate, but remained poised.

"If you're just running around like chickens with your head cut off, you're not going to accomplish anything," Chiarelli said. "Net-front presence is all we talked about the whole series behind closed doors. Net-front traffic. We saw that in three goals.

"Desperation, yes. But a desperate composure also, which is what you saw."

And, of course, Bergeron at his best.

He was the best faceoff man in the NHL, winning 62.1 percent of them in the regular season. On Monday night, he won 73 percent (16 of 22), led the Bruins with six shots and had four hits.

"We hadn't seen a performance like last night in a long, long time, if ever, just clutch performance what he did," Chiarelli said.

"He was special," Chiarelli said. "He just a reliable, terrific player."

One that has another round now to play in.

 

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