The Bruins' run to the 2013 Stanley Cup Final was almost over before it began. As part of SportsNet Central's Year in Review, we remember that it took one of the most improbable comebacks in NHL history to save the Bruins' season and help propel them to an Eastern Conference championship.
In the first round of the playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins were trailing 4-1 in the third period of Game 7. They got off the mat to score three goals, including two in the final 90 seconds to force overtime. That's where Patrice Bergeron, who had tied it, finished the Leafs.
It was on to playoff victories over the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, including a sweep of the Pens in the Eastern Conference Finals, before the B's took on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Cup Final as Boston tried to bring the Cup back to the Hub for the second time since 2011.
The Bruins were 77 seconds away from forcing a Game 7 when they became the victims of an unlikely comeback. This time, the Blackhawks scored twice in the final moments to come away with Lord Stanley's Cup.
The B's retooled their roster a bit in the off-season by shipping former No. 2 overall pick Tyler Seguin to Dallas and signing veteran Jarome Iginla, who had spurned the Bruins in the spring by choosing to be traded to Pittsburgh over Boston.