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Thursday, April 26, 2012



WSH:   M. Hendricks (11:23 - 1st) , J. Ward (02:57 - OT)
BOS:   T. Seguin (14:27 - 2nd)

WSH: B. Holtby (W)
 BOS: T. Thomas (L)

          Last night in Boston, it was game 7 of the round 1 series between the Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals. 11 minutes into the game, Carlsons shot was tipped in by Matt Hendricks to make it 1-0 Caps lead. The shots after 1 period were 11 to 5 in favor of Boston after 1. 15 minutes into the second, the Capitals couldn't clear the puck. Boychuk got the puck at the point and fired a shot on goal and Holtby made the save, but it trickled through in behind him and Seguin dove and knocked the puck home to tie the game. The shots in the second period were 14 to 8 in favor of Boston. No scoring in the third so this game would go to overtime.

             In the third, the shots were 12 to 6 in favor of the Capitals as they final woke up in the final frame. Onto overtime now. Just 3 minutes in, Seguin failed to dump the puck in and it resulted in a 2 on 1 back the other way and Knubles took a shot and it was stopped, but Ward was there to put home the series clinching goal as the defending Stanley Cup Champions have been eliminated in round 1 in 7 games! What an upset for the Boston Bruins! In the win, Holtby made 31 saves. Braden Holtby was the key for  the Capitals in this series and in this game. As the Capitals on a regular basis's were being out shot badly. But the young "Ken Dryden" (as they call him) was there to shut the door. " He was great for us," Ward (who scored the game winning goal) said about Holtby."If he continues to play like this, we will have a good chance at winning every night."

            In the Loss, Thomas made 25 saves.This was the first series in the National Hockey Leagues history where every game was decided by 1 goal. Now heres Ward on his series clinging goal in the 2-1 win. "It was the biggest goal of my career," He said. "  I was in a slump in this series and I wanted to help my team offensively and I did."

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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