1977 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals (Best of Seven)
Game 3 April 15, 1977: Boston 7, Kings 6 Series: 0-3
LOS ANGELES - The Boston Bruins scored four goals in the third period to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 7-6 and take a commanding 3-0 advantage in the Stanley Cup quarterfinals.
“We had them 5-3 in the second period and we let them score four goals,” Kings captain Mike Murphy told the Associated Press in 1977. “It was a complete mental letdown on everyone’s part. If we hadn’t let down, they wouldn’t have won. It’s no one individual’s fault. It’s 20 guys.”
The Kings built leads of 3-1 and 5-3 throughout the game, but the Bruins battled back from both of them.
With the game tied 1-1, the Kings took a 3-1 lead in the first period on goals by defenseman Bob Murdoch and forward Butch Goring.
The Bruins would tie the score at 3-3 in the second period on goals by Terry O’Reilly and Donald Marcotte, before the Kings would retake the lead in the same period with goals by Gary Sargent and Tommy Williams.
In the third period, the Bruins outshot the Kings 15-5 en route to taking a 6-5 lead. While Kings forward Marcel Dionne gave the fans some hope with a game-tying goal with 1:53 remaining in the game, Boston’s Stan Jonathan scored the game-winner with 13 seconds left to carry the Bruins to victory.
“I really didn’t know how much time was left in the game,” Jonathan told the Associated Press. “I just shot, and it hit goalie Rogie Vachon in the shoulder and just rolled over his shoulder