BOSTON - The Bruins advanced in the Stanley Cup Playoffs thanks to a 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.
The B's scored twice in the first period, with goals from Joakim Nordstrom and Marcus Johansson. The 2-0 lead carried into the second period, when Toronto's John Tavares sliced it in half.
Early in the third period, Sean Kuraly gave the Bruins a two-goal cushion, working through three defenders and sending a left-handed wrist shot from the left circle past Leafs' goaltender Frederik Andersen.
At 3-1, the Bruins were called for too many men on the ice, but Toronto was unable to capitlize on the ensuring power play.
With just over three minutes to play in regulation, Toronto pulled the goalie, and Charlie Coyle scored an empty-netter with 2:34 remaining to put Boston in front 4-1.
Patrice Bergeron slid one over the line with one second remaining to make the final 5-1.
The Bruins move on to face Columbus, who swept Tampa Bay in the first round. Game One is scheduled for Thursday, April 25 at 7pm at TD Garden.
Tom Leyden will have highlights and Butch Stearns will have postgame reaction from TD Garden ahead on Boston 25 News at 10 and 11.
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