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NHL Postseason Caterwaul: Sharks and Bruins advance to next round

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Season ends for Golden Knights and Maple Leafs

Vegas Golden Knights v San Jose Sharks - Game Seven Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

A horrible call in the third period opened the door and the San Jose Sharks walked through it, defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime to win the series in seven games. The Golden Knights led 3-0, on goals from William Karlsson, Cody Eakin and Max Pacioretty, midway through the final frame when Eakin was handed a five-minute major for cross-checking Joe Pavelski. At most, the call should have been a two-minute minor and it’s debatable if it was even a penalty at all. The Sharks took full advantage of the major, ripping off four goals in a span of 4:01. Kevin Labanc scored the fourth goal and drew an assists on the others by Logan Couture (twice) and Tomas Hertl to set a playoff record for fastest four points in NHL history. Former Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Marchessault tied the game at 19:13 with Marc-Andre Fleury off for an extra attacker. Barclay Goodrow won it 18:19 into overtime when he took a pass from Erik Karlsson and skated around Brayden McNabb before depositing the puck behind Fleury.

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Tuukka Rask made 32 saves and the Boston Bruins took advantage of a turnover prone Toronto Maple Leafs defense to win Game 7 by a 5-1 count. The Bruins got goals from its bottom-six to build a lead it would not relinquish. Joakim Nordstrom, Marcus Johansson and Sean Kuraly beat Frederik Andersen and Charlie Coyle and Patrice Bergeron added empty-netters. John Tavares scored the only goal for the Maple Leafs, who lost in seven games to the Bruins for the second consecutive year. Boston will face the Columbus Blue Jackets next.

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Tonight’s game

Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals 7:30 p.m. NBCSN (Series tied 3-3)

Panthers prospects

Serron Noel (4G/7A) and the Oshawa Generals will meet the Ottawa 67s in Game 4 of the OHL Eastern Conference final tonight at 7:05 p.m. The Generals are down 3-0 in the series.

Owen Tippett (10G/10A) and the Saginaw Spirit will face the Guelph Storm in Game 4 of the OHL Western Conference final tonight at 7 p.m. The Spirit lead the series 2-1.