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One and Done in Boston

Six consecutive one-goal Game 7s in Boston.

One and Done in Boston

Fans and teammates celebrate as they swarm around Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, who scored the game winning goal off Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer during overtime, in Game 7 of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 13, 2013. The Bruins won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Fans and teammates celebrate as they swarm around Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, who scored the game winning goal off Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer during overtime, in Game 7 of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 13, 2013. The Bruins won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Loyal reader and frequent contributor Greg Frank points out that the Bruins' heart-stopping victory Monday night over the Maple Leafs was the sixth Game 7 in Boston in the last five postseasons, and each has been decided by one goal.

The Bruins had won two of the previous five, both in their Stanley Cup-winning year (2011).

The list:

 Date  Round  Winner  Loser  Score
 May 14, 2009
 Conference Semifinal
 Hurricanes
 Bruins  3-2 (ot)
 May 14, 2010
 Conference Semifinal
 Flyers  Bruins  4-3
 April 27, 2011
 First Round
 Bruins  Canadiens  4-3 (ot)
 May 27, 2011
 Conference Final
 Bruins  Lightning  1-0
 April 25, 2012
 First Round
 Capitals  Bruins  2-1 (ot)
 May 13, 2013
 First Round
 Bruins  Maple Leafs
 5-4 (ot)
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