Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Capitals 2, Bruins 1 (OT)
Rapid reaction after the Washington Capitals ended the Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup defense with a 2-1 overtime win in Wednesday's Game 7:
Ward the unlikely hero: After scoring just six goals in 73 regular-season games, Capitals forward Joel Ward notched his first goal of the playoffs just 2:57 into overtime to catapult Washington into the second round. He earned first-star honors for his decisive strike.
One-upmanship: The Capitals' 2-1 win marked the seventh straight game to be decided by one goal, setting a playoff series record that can obviously only be tied in the future. Game 7 was the fourth of the series to extend to overtime.
Seguin's resurgence not enough: After his gritty OT goal won Game 6 for the Bruins, Tyler Seguin followed it up by banging home their lone Game 7 tally. He crashed the net hard and pounced on the rebound from Johnny Boychuk's slapper, knotting the game at 1-1 with 5:33 left in the second period. Seguin won't have a chance to continue his hot streak after struggling in the early part of this first-round series.
Holtby holds on: The Caps' Braden Holtby was the last man standing in an epic goalie duel with the Bruins' Tim Thomas. The future is bright for Washington's rising 22-year-old star. Meanwhile, the Bruins will have to decide what to do with their goalie situation. Thomas, 38, has one year remaining on his contract, but 2012-13 could be the season in which backup Tuukka Rask beats him out for the starting role.