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David Pastrnak scores in overtime to lift Bruins to Game 7 victory over rival Maple Leafs-Republic World

David Pastrnak wins it for Boston Bruins | Image:AP

David Pastrnak scored on a feed from Hampus Lindholm 1:54 into overtime and the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in Game 7 on Saturday night to clinch their first-round series and advance to the NHL playoffs .

Jeremy Swayman finished with 30 saves and Lindholm had the tying goal in regulation to help the Bruins avoid losing their second straight in the first round after leading 3-1. They have now defeated the rival Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs three times in the last seven years.

Boston will face the Florida Panthers, who upset the Bruins in seven games in the first round last year, spoiling a season in which they set records for most wins and points in a season in NHL history. Game 1 is scheduled for Monday night in Florida. The Panthers have been resting since Tuesday, when they eliminated Tampa Bay in five games.

William Nylander scored and Auston Matthews had an assist in his return from a two-game absence for the Maple Leafs, who are now 0-6 in Game 7s since the 2013 conference quarterfinals. In those games, they are 0- 4 on the way – all in Boston. Matthews missed Games 5 and 6 due to an undisclosed condition.

Ilya Samsonov started in goal for the first time since Game 4 and finished with 29 saves.