This Date in Bruins History: B's complete epic Game 7 comeback vs. Leafs

Nick Goss
NBC Sports Boston

May 13 will always be a memorable date in Boston Bruins history.

On this day in 2013 the Bruins completed one of the greatest comebacks of all time.

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The Bruins jumped out to a 3-1 Eastern Conference quarterfinals series lead over the rival Toronto Maple Leafs with a dramatic overtime win in Game 4. Toronto bounced back, though, winning Game 5 and Game 6 to force a decisive Game 7 at TD Garden. Boston took an early first period lead in Game 7 thanks to a goal from defenseman Matt Bartkowski, but the Leafs scored the next four goals and led 4-1 with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

Nathan Horton's goal at 10:42 cut the Leafs' lead to 4-2, and Milan Lucic scored a goal in front of the net with 1:22 left in the third period to trim the deficit to a single goal. In a last desperate attempt to avoid elimination, Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron tied the score with a shot from the point, aided by some traffic in front of the net. The Bruins crowd absolutely erupted, and as someone who was in the press box that night, it felt like the building was shaking.

Bergeron scored again in overtime to complete an incredible 5-4 comeback victory. 

The Bruins built on the momentum from this amazing Game 7 and won eight of their next nine games to reach the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, where they would lose to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

This loss was just the beginning for the Leafs. They also would lose a first-round Game 7 to the B's in 2018 and 2019. Toronto still hasn't won a playoff round since the 2003-04 campaign.

The only other Bruins game played on May 13 was the opener of the 1978 Stanley Cup Final. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Bruins 4-1 at the old Montreal Forum. The Canadiens won the series in six games.

This Date in Bruins History: B's complete epic Game 7 comeback vs. Leafs originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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