WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien talks to his team during a time out in the second period against the Washington Capitals in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Capitals Vs. Bruins, Game 6: Boston Forces Game 7 With 4-3 Overtime Win

The Bruins saved themselves on Sunday, staving off elimination to force a Game 7 with the Caps.

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Capitals Vs. Bruins, Game 6: Offense Makes An Appearance In As Boston Survives

The stars for both teams came out in a timely manner and made Game 6 the most compelling match this series, setting up for a climactic Game 7.

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Capitals Vs. Bruins, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 6: Tyler Seguin Goal In OT Sends Series to Game 7

We'll have a deciding Game 7 in Boston-Washington, as a pretty goal by Tyler Seguin gave the Bruins a 4-3 victory and knotted the series at three games a piece.

Nicklas Backstrom gave the puck away on a pass that ended up with Boston's David Krejci. Krejci passed it forward to Milan Lucic, who gave Seguin the puck with an opportunity to score one-on-one against Braden Holtby. Holtby came out to contest the shot and Seguin remained patient, held on, and took an easy shot at an open net after sliding past the goalie.

Here's video of Seguin's game-winner:

This Caps fan really says it all:

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This has been an exciting series, to say the least: After six games, each side has scored the exact same number of goals. That won't remain true, as one side will pull ahead by winning Game 7, and the series.

For the Boston fan perspective, head to Stanley Cup of Chowder and SB Nation Boston. For thoughts from the Caps side, head to SB Nation D.C. and Japer's Rink.

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Capitals Vs. Bruins, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 6: Alex Ovechkin Goal Sends Game To Overtime

Just like the first five games in the Washington-Boston series, the sixth will be decided by one goal. After regulation, the teams are tied at three, with a sudden death overtime coming up.

The Bruins took a lead with a score off of a rebound by Andrew Ference, but Alex Ovechkin came through for the Capitals to tie the game with under five minutes to go and send the game into overtime.

Ference's goal came on an odd-man rush created by an Alexander Semin turnover. Braden Holtby was able to stop the initial shot by Tyler Seguin, but the puck bounced right to Ference, who was able to slot it into the uncovered left side of the net.

A few minutes later, Nicklas Backstrom won a faceoff in the Bruins' zone which popped out to Ovechkin. The Capitals' captain snapped the puck towards net and somehow it trickled its way through the Bruins' defense and past Tim Thomas into the net.

Ovechkin had put a shot off of the crossbar earlier, but not this time. Ovie has seven shots on goal in the game - expect more.

For the Boston fan perspective, head to Stanley Cup of Chowder and SB Nation Boston. For thoughts from the Caps side, head to SB Nation D.C. and Jasper's Rink.

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Capitals Vs. Bruins, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 6: Washington Ties Game at End of Second Period

Tim Thomas was able to hold off the Capitals for almost the entire period, but Jason Chimera's tally with under a minute left has the Capitals and the Bruins tied headed into the third.

The Capitals were the aggressors all period; after Alexander Ovechkin's double minor penalty for high-sticking Zdeno Chara in the face only resulted in one power play shot by the Bruins, the Capitals were able to string together a series of chances which Thomas did a good job handling.

However, Thomas didn't have a chance on Chimera's shot: Chimera had taken down Brad Marchand in Washington's zone. NIcklas Backstrom took the puck up ice and drew the attention of the Boston defense, allowing him to thread a beautiful pass to Chimera for an easy shot at an open net.

Here's video of the score that knotted the game.

Here's the hit by Chimera that set up his goal:

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Ovechkin's earlier high stick didn't go without retaliation: Alexander Semin took a shot to the head from Patrice Bergeron that he didn't appear to enjoy much.

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And so, the Caps and Bruins are tied with a period left. For Boston, it's do or die time - if they come out on the wrong end, this will be the end of their Stanley Cup defense.

For the Boston fan perspective, head to Stanley Cup of Chowder and SB Nation Boston. For thoughts from the Caps side, head to SB Nation D.C. and Jasper's Rink.

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Capitals Vs. Bruins, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 6: Rich Peverly, David Krejci Fighting To Keep Boston Alive

Looks like the Bruins aren't ready to give up their Stanley Cup defense just yet. Facing elimination in Washington, Boston leads the Capitals by the score of 2-1 after the first period on Sunday.

The Bruins 23-2-0 when leading after the first period this season, which is ridiculous and bodes well for this series going to Game 7. But enough stats. To the goals!

Six minutes into the game, Richard Peverly struck first as Andrew Ference and Patrice Bergeron were in on the assist. Bergeron got the credit at first, but it was switched to Peverly, who had a heck of a redirect to to tip in the puck.


Not four minutes later, Mike Green tied the game with a blast that glanced off a Bruins and slipped around Tim Thomas. Nothing the Boston goalie could do on a shot coming that fast, and changing direction's that quickly ... especially when his vision is impaired by a scrum in front of the net. It was Green's first goal of the playoffs, and he picked a good time to show up. (Then lots of people on Twitter made jokes about "Green" scoring on "Earth Day." Jokes!)

This goal is best enjoyed in GIF form:

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The final goal of the period was delivered by David Krejci on the Bruins power play. The tally came with three minutes left in the first period, reclaiming the lead for the Bruins. It was also Krejci's first of the postseason, and a nice comeback for him after he was KO'd by a pain of glass. Hmmmm. Did the refs miss an interference call on Bergeron that lead to the goal?


For the Boston fan perspective, head to Stanley Cup of Chowder and SB Nation Boston. For thoughts from the Caps side, head to SB Nation D.C. and Jasper's Rink.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Capitals Vs. Bruins Game 6: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

After trailing 2-1, Washington is on the verge of exorcising playoff demons by upsetting the Bruins.

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