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NHL Playoffs roundup: Bruins score 3 third-period goals and top Toronto 5-4 in OT

Patrice Bergeron tied it with 51 seconds left in regulation, then scored the game-winner 6:05 into overtime Monday 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.

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.

Rangers advance

Led by Henrik Lundqvist’s 35 saves in a second consecutive shutout and goals from five different players, the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-0 in Game 7 to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Bruins.

New York contained Alex Ovechkin again and completed its comeback after trailing in the series 2-0 and 3-2 — the latest in Washington’s long history of playoff collapses.

Top-GM finalists named

Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens, Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks and Ray Shero of the Pittsburgh Penguins were named as first-time finalists to be the NHL’s general manager of the year.

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