By Dan Libon
Here are five questions and answers about Game 7 on Wednesday between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals.
1.) How does Boston earn its third consecutive Game 7 victory going back to 2011 against Tampa Bay?
Boston needs to crash the net! The harder it is for Braden Holtby to track the puck, the easier it is for the Bruins to score. They also have to get dirty goals and rebounds, too.
2.) Who’s ONE player to watch in Game 7?
Alex Ovechkin is too obvious, so I’d say, let’s keep an eye on Alexander Semin, who many believe doesn’t have a great deal of heart. However, he has been an impact player in this particular series with three goals. He’s also been a force on defense; so again, keep your eyes on him.
3.) What do you expect from Braden Holtby in Game 7?
Those waiting for the downfall of Braden Holtby have been horribly disappointed. At no point in this particular series has the 22-year-old second year goalie performed like a 22-year-old second year pro goalie. He is probably going to have a great night as long as the Bruins allow him to have a clear view of the puck. He hasn’t cracked yet, and I don’t see him cracking now.
4.) Will Tyler Seguin provide any last minute fireworks?
For Tyler Seguin to duplicate his performance, he is going to have to use his speed to create opportunities. With that being said, it’s not him that needs to get a big time goal again, but the top six forwards, who have been rather quiet.
5.) What’s your prediction for Game 7?
The Bruins win it because after having a reputation of blowing game 7’s, they are now the premier seventh game team after last season. This is a team that went 3-0 in game 7’s last year behind last year. Bruins 2, Capitals 1