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"It was one of the crazy ones I’ve been part of," said Bergeron, who assisted on Lucic’s goal with 1:22 left in regulation. "We found a way, not necessarily the way we would have liked to play the whole game, but, like I said, we showed some character coming back in the game and we found a way in overtime. We had the momentum, I thought, and our legs were back. It felt good."
Cody Franson scored twice and former Bruin Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist for Toronto. Reimer made 30 saves.
But it was the one he missed that ended his team’s season. With Tyler Seguin poking at the puck in front of the net and the Maple Leafs trying to steer it away from the crease, Bergeron shot from about 20 feet and Reimer couldn’t make the stop.
"I was trying to be pretty even-keeled," Reimer said. "There was time left, they could come back and they did."
He could have used more help from his teammates.
Matt Bartkowski scored the first goal after Franson flicked the puck between his legs and right to the Bruins rookie. And Bergeron scored the last one when Toronto defenseman Jake Gardiner appeared to steer the puck to him while trying to clear it away from the net.
"I thought we ran out of gas," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "We knew they were going to come with a push."
Franson tied the game at 1 with a backhander off a rebound four minutes after Bartkowski scored. Then the Toronto defenseman, who had just four goals in the regular season, scored his third of the series at 5:48 of the second period. Kessel made it 3-1 at 2:09 of the third, tapping in a rebound, and Nazem Kadri gave the Maple Leafs their three-goal lead just over three minutes later.
"We gave ourselves a very good chance to win this series, and we gave it away," Franson said. "It’s that simple."
The win ended a rough stretch in which the Bruins lost 2-1 in Toronto on Sunday night and didn’t leave until Monday morning because of mechanical problems with their airplane.
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