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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Morning jam: Bruins-Caps Game 7 facts

By Elias Sports Bureau

• The Capitals beat the Bruins, 2–1, in overtime to win what was arguably the closest playoff series in NHL history. It was the first series in Stanley Cup history in which all seven games were decided by a one-goal margin, and only the second series to go to overtime in Game 7 with the two teams having scored the same number of goals in the series. (Washington and Boston had each scored 15 goals in the series at the end of regulation time on Wednesday night.) The only other series in which the goals were evenly divided heading into overtime in Game 7 was the first-round matchup between the Sabres and Senators in 1997. Game Seven at the Aud in Buffalo went to OT tied 2–2 on the night and 13–13 in the series; Derek Plante won the game and the series for the Sabres when he beat Ron Tugnutt with a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle 5:24 into OT.

• Washington head coach Dale Hunter earned a unique distinction when the Capitals won Game 7 of their series against the Bruins in overtime. He’s the first man in NHL history to score a Game 7 overtime goal and coach a team to a Game 7 overtime victory. Hunter scored his Game 7 overtime goal for the Capitals against the Flyers in 1988.

• Braden Holtby made 31 saves to lead the Capitals to a 2–1 overtime victory in Game 7 of their series against the Bruins. Holtby is the seventh rookie goaltender to post an overtime win in Game 7 of a playoff series and the first since the Sabres’ Steve Shields did so against Ottawa in 1997. Two Hall of Famers are among the six other rookie netminders with OT wins in a Game 7: Frank Brimsek (1939) and Patrick Roy (1986).