One of the greatest regular seasons in NHL history came to an abrupt, stunning end at the TD Garden on Sunday.
Carter Verhaeghe’s wrister from the right faceoff dot was the dagger, sending the Panthers to the 2nd round and forcing the 65-win Bruins to reckon with the possible departures of Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.
Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead early courtesy of a Mountour backhanded goal and a Sam Reinhart wrister in the slot in the game’s first and second periods respectively.
Krejci finally got Boston on the board with a blast from the left faceoff dot, one of his three registered points on the night.
A Bertuzzi redirect in the opening minute of the third period pulled the Bruins even. A David Pastrnak rebound chance just after the 4-minute mark of the period finally gave Boston their first lead of the game and sent the TD Garden into a frenzy.
It wouldn’t last. Mountour snuck a shot past goaltender Jeremy Swayman with under a minute left in regulation to force overtime.
Goaltender Jeremy Swayman made 27 saves on 31 attempts in his first start of the postseason.
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