BOSTON, MA - APRIL 25: The Washington Capitals celebrate the overtime win after Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 25, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Caps Oust Defending Champs In Game 7 Overtime Classic

After a hard-fought series, it came down to overtime on Wednesday as the Caps advanced with a 2-1 win.

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Capitals Vs. Bruins, Game 7: Braden Holtby Steals Show As Washington Moves On

Capitals rookie goalie Braden Holtby was the difference between a first-round exit and a spot in the Eastern Conference semifinals for his club.

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NHL Playoff Schedule 2012: Who Will Washington Capitals Play In Round 2?

The Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 on Wednesday night, and while that outcome doesn’t definitively determine anything just yet when it comes to second-round playoff matchups in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, it does clear things up at least a little bit.

The seventh-seeded Caps and the fifth-seeded Philadelphia Flyers are the only teams that have advanced to the second round thus far. As far as those second-round matchups go, everything is contingent on the two remaining Game 7’s on Thursday night: the Rangers vs. the Senators and the Devils vs. the Panthers.

A win by the top-seeded New York Rangers, regardless of the outcome between No. 3 Florida and No. 6 New Jersey, means the Caps should prepare for a trip to Madison Square Garden. The Flyers will then play the winner of New Jersey and Florida.

If the eighth-seeded Senators and Devils are victorious on Thursday, Ottawa will face the Flyers and New Jersey will host Washington. Finally, if the Senators and Panthers win their Game 7’s, the Caps will play Philadelphia and Ottawa will play Florida.

For more on the Capitals, check in with Japers’ Rink.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals, Game 7 Final Score: Joel Ward's OT Winner Sends Washington To Round 2

The Washington Capitals are headed to the second round, and the defending champion Boston Bruins are headed home for the summer. Joel Ward's game-winning goal at the 2:57 mark of overtime pushed his team past the B's 2-1 in Game 7.

Did Mike Knuble interfere with Tim Thomas on the goal? He definitely bumped into the Bruins goaltender, but it's tough to say whether he impeded Thomas at all. Knuble's rebound was picked up by Ward, who just threw it on net and beat Thomas at the near post. It wasn't all that pretty, but it doesn't matter one bit to the Caps.

Washington certainly overcame plenty of adversity in the series and in the final game to earn the victory. They killed off three Boston power plays, including one in the final two minutes of regulation time, and Braden Holtby turned aside 31 shots in the game in leading his club to victory yet again. Then, in the opening minute of overtime, they escaped a great Boston chance when Dennis Seidenberg whiffed at an open net.

All in all, it was a bounce that decided the series. With the way it played out defensively through seven games, and with all seven decided by just one goal, we had a feeling that would be the case. Now, can Holtby keep up the heroics in the second round? That's the question for the Caps as they prepare for the Rangers, Flyers or Devils.

We have full coverage of Game 7 between the Capitals and Bruins in our StoryStream. For full coverage from the Boston perspective, check in with SB Nation Boston and Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder. For full coverage from the Washington perspective, check in with SB Nation DC and Capitals blog Japers' Rink.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals Game 7 Score, NHL Playoffs 2012: Washington Kills Shaky Penalty Late In Regulation

With 2:26 left in regulation of Game 7 between the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins, and with the score tied at 1-1, the officials called a penalty. This would be surprising with an extremely clear penalty call, but with one that's not as clear? That's flat-out unbelievable.

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Jason Chimera did indeed commit a holding infraction here against Johnny Boychuk, but was it enough to call in that situation? There's been plenty let go all game that's been much worse than this, and it almost seems like the TD Garden crowd willed the officials into making this call. Even worse, the referee on the opposite side of the ice made the call and, with just minutes left, it seemed awfully suspect.

Washington killed the penalty. They did it rather convincingly, too, but that's not surprising given Boston's awful, awful power play. Regardless, that's a penalty that just should't be called with everything on the line late in a Game 7. In any event, we're going to overtime in Game 7. Doesn't get much better than that.

We have full coverage of Game 7 between the Capitals and Bruins in our StoryStream. For full coverage from the Boston perspective, check in with SB Nation Boston and Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder. For full coverage from the Washington perspective, check in with SB Nation DC and Capitals blog Japers' Rink.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals Game 7 Score, NHL Playoffs 2012: Tyler Seguin Ties It, 1-1

Tyler Seguin is pretty good at this hockey thing. The Boston Bruins' second-year star beat three members of the Washington Capitals to a loose puck in the crease and poked it behind goaltender Braden Holtby to pull the score of Game 7 even, 1-1.

It's hard to argue that this goal was bigger than Seguin's overtime winner in Game 6, but it just might be depending on how the rest of Game 7 turns out. For the Caps, though, this is a play that just can't happen. Holtby controlled his rebound rather well on the initial shot -- it got away from him, but he at least directed it away from most traffic -- but the Bruins were able to corral it and put it back on net.

Holtby couldn't get all of the ensuing shot, and it trickled just behind him. With three defensemen right around the crease, it seemed like Holtby's back would be covered, but Seguin was able to find the puck and knock it home. It was dirty as it gets, but if you're wearing black and gold glasses, it was truly a thing of beauty.

We have full coverage of Game 7 between the Capitals and Bruins in our StoryStream. For full coverage from the Boston perspective, check in with SB Nation Boston and Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder. For full coverage from the Washington perspective, check in with SB Nation DC and Capitals blog Japers' Rink.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals Game 7 Score, NHL Playoffs 2012: Boston Begins Generating Pressure

The Capitals controlled play for the first half of the second period, but after a bit of a settling-in stretch, the Bruins are starting to find their footing. Boston has the edge in shots and has controlled possession for several minutes toward the middle of the second period, and they've been able to generate several chances against Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby.

Meanwhile, the TD Garden crowd has perked up a bit too, chanting "Hooooooltby! Hoooooooltby!" several times. Of course, it doesn't seem to be bugging the Caps' rookie netminder too much. He's been perfect all game long, stopping every shot he's faced thus far in Game 7.

It seemed as though the Caps were going to take control as the B's looked tired and out of sorts, but we shouldn't expect the No. 2 seed to go down that easily. There's still a whole bunch of hockey left to play. Matt Hendricks' first-period goal is still the only one in the game, as Washington continues to hold a 1-0 lead.

We have full coverage of Game 7 between the Capitals and Bruins in our StoryStream. For full coverage from the Boston perspective, check in with SB Nation Boston and Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder. For full coverage from the Washington perspective, check in with SB Nation DC and Capitals blog Japers' Rink.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals Game 7 Score, NHL Playoffs 2012: Boston Power Play Still Stinks; Washington Up 1-0

The Bruins won the Stanley Cup with an awful power play in 2011, but in 2012, that same power play might be their downfall. They were given a man advantage at the end of the first period of Game 7 against the Capitals, but they're apparently not all that fond of scoring goals while up a player. Entering the man-advantage, they'd scored just two goals in 20 power plays during the series.

Boston failed to sustain offensive zone pressure for more than 20 seconds at a time on the man advantage as the Capitals outworked them in the corners and handled Boston's lack of attack rather easily. There are still 10 seconds remaining on the power play at the start of the second period, but we'll go out on a limb and say the Bruins won't score.

Two for 21.

Meanwhile, the official scorers in Boston have officially changed their tune and credited John Carlson's goal to Matt Hendricks, and all is right in the world (unless you're a Bruins fan.)

We have full coverage of Game 7 between the Capitals and Bruins in our StoryStream. For full coverage from the Boston perspective, check in with SB Nation Boston and Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder. For full coverage from the Washington perspective, check in with SB Nation DC and Capitals blog Japers' Rink.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals Game 7 Score, NHL Playoffs 2012: John Carlson Credited With Goal; Washington Leads 1-0

Man, what a tip. John Carlson took a shot from the point and Matt Hendricks caught a piece of the puck with his stick, and 11:23 into the first period of Game 7, the Washington Capitals lead the Boston Bruins 1-0.

Tim Thomas never had a chance as Hendricks perfectly executed the deflection, but sadly for the tough guy, the scorers at TD Garden opted to give credit for the goal to Carlson. Watch the video to realize just how wrong that call is. Jason Chimera was credited with an assist.

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Pucks don't change direction in midair, so it's certainly possible Hendricks will get credit for this one before the night is through. For now, though, it doesn't really matter which Capital received credit. It all counts the same on the big scoreboard over center ice, and Washington has the lead.

We have full coverage of Game 7 between the Capitals and Bruins in our StoryStream. For full coverage from the Boston perspective, check in with SB Nation Boston and Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder. For full coverage from the Washington perspective, check in with SB Nation DC and Capitals blog Japers' Rink.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals, Game 7 Lineups: Braden Holtby, Tim Thomas Lead Teams In Final Game

The Boston Bruins are host to the Washington Capitals in Game 7 on Wednesday night. The winner advances, the loser goes home. Here's the lineup that will hit the ice for Boston in front of goaltender Tim Thomas:

Lucic - Krejci - Seguin
Marchand - Bergeron - Peverley
Pouliot - Kelly - Rolston
Paille - Campbell - Caron

Chara - Seidenberg
Ference - Boychuk
Zanon - Mottau

Here's what Dale Hunter's going with in front of goaltender Braden Holtby:

Ovechkin - Laich - Brouwer
Johansson - Backstrom - Semin
Hendricks - Beagle - Chimera
Knuble - Aucoin - Ward

Alzner - Carlson
Hamrlik - Green
Schultz - Wideman

We have full coverage of Game 7 between the Capitals and Bruins in our StoryStream. For full coverage from the Boston perspective, check in with SB Nation Boston and Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder. For full coverage from the Washington perspective, check in with SB Nation DC and Capitals blog Japers' Rink.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Bruins Vs. Capitals Game 7: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Stanley Cup Champions are headed to a deciding Game 7 with the Capitals after a OT game-winner.

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