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The Panthers eliminate the Bruins in overtime

The Florida Panthers eliminated the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs by winning the seventh and final game 4-3 in overtime Sunday night at the TD Garden.

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This is a huge disappointment for the Massachusetts organization, which had the best regular season in NHL history. The Bruins had gone 65-12-5 and had 125 points, which had never been done before.

In today’s game, the Bruins came back from a two-goal deficit and took a 3-2 lead with just a minute left in the game.

But Brandon Montour, with his second of the game, put everyone back in the scrap and forced overtime. The defender took advantage of the presence of the sixth skater to put the ball behind goalkeeper Jeremy Swaiman.

In overtime, it was Carter Verhaeghe who played the champions. The forward beat Swaemann with a fine wrist shot into the top of the net.

The Panthers took an early 2-0 lead, but the Bruins scored twice on power play to tie the game. David Pastrnak, with his fifth of the series, put the “Oursons” ahead in the third period.

Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery decided to send Swayman into action in place of Linus Ullmark for this one-night game. Boston’s No. 1 regular season club has been shaky in recent duels. The newcomer stopped 27 of the 31 balls the Panthers sent his way. At the other end of the rink, goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky faced 36 shots.

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In the second round, the Panthers will meet the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Queen City roster overcame its demons and reached the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2004 by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.