By Matt Noonan
There’ll be a new Eastern Conference and Stanley Cup champion this year, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins in Game No. 7 at the TD Garden on Wednesday, 2-1 in overtime.
How the game was won: Washington’s Joel Ward recorded his first playoff goal at 2:57 in the extra session, which lifted the Capitals past the Bruins.
Washington will advance to the semi-finals for the second consecutive year in a row. They’ll most likely face New York, but that could change pending an Ottawa victory on Thursday.
No Home Cooking for Boston: Entering the seventh game of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Boston believed their crowd would provide the necessary assistance.
However, after a rather lackluster and up and down first frame, the noise and excitement disappeared, but returned once Tyler Seguin slid past Braden Holtby for the Bruins only strike of the contest at 14:27 in the second period.
In the third period, Boston’s crowd attempted to play the role of ‘the sixth man’ with various chants, but the Bruins didn’t deliver.
Boston’s Power Play: Once again, the Bruins power play was a major issue.
In the third period, Boston had a golden opportunity when Washington’s Jason Chimera was sent to the penalty box for holding at 17:34, but the Bruins failed to capitalize on their third power play of the contest.
Boston concluded their first round series with Washington going 2-for-23 on the power play.
Boston-Washington Make History: Boston and Washington set an NHL record with seven games being decided by one point. They also experienced four games that needed at least one extra session to decide the outcome, too.
Finally, if you’re a Boston Bruins fan who needs a pick-me-up, please click PLAY on the YouTube video we’ve provided below!