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Bruins rally to send Leafs home in OT

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  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, left, is congratulated by teammates David Krejci, center, and Nathan Horton, right, after his goal in the final minute of the third period, which tied the game 4-4 forcing overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Game 7 of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 13, 2013.

      Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, left, is congratulated by teammates David Krejci, center, and Nathan Horton, right, after his goal in the final minute of the third period, which tied the game 4-4 forcing overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Game 7 of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 13, 2013.
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BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron tied it with 51 seconds left in regulation then scored the game-winner 6:05 into overtime on Monday night to give Boston a 5-4 victory over the Maple Leafs in Game 7 as the Bruins turned back Toronto's comeback with a rally of their own.

Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots for Boston, which led the best-of-seven series 3-1 before the Maple Leafs won two in a row to force a seventh game.

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Toronto opened a 4-1 lead in the third period of the decisive game, but Boston cut the deficit to two midway through the third period and then scored twice in the final 82 seconds to force overtime.

James Reimer made 30 saves for the Maple Leafs. Cody Franson scored twice, and former Bruin Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist for Toronto.

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