When Paul Morris knew the Panthers were going to beat the Bruins in Game 7

Florida achieved a playoff series in dramatic fashion

by Adam London

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Even the Panthers’ most outspoken players admitted to experiencing a bit of the doubt Sunday night at TD Garden.

But once Florida gave themselves new life in Game 7 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with Boston, everyone on the bench for the visitors seemed to know what would happen in sudden death.

The Bruins were a minute away from avoiding a disastrous opening-round collapse, but with their goaltender pulled, the Panthers tied the game with Brandon Montour’s second goal in Game 7. His club would have achieved its third successive victory over the winners of the President’s Cup.

“We scored with less than two minutes left before we go up against Boston,” Morris told reporters, on NHL.com, “I wouldn’t bet everything (on us to win) because the math doesn’t add up.” Except when you insert the puck, you say, “Oh… we’re going to win this game.” “”

And they won, as Carter Verheghe set up the winning goal 8:35 into the extra frame. The Eastern Conference’s second wild card team is now entering the second round of the playoffs, where they will face the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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