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Capitals Dethrone Bruins With OT Win In Game 7

The Washington Capitals eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins with a 2-1 overtime road win in Wednesday night’s decisive Game Seven of their first-round series. Just under three minutes into overtime, Washington’s Joel Ward backhanded a rebound past Boston goaltender Tim Thomas to send the Capitals into the second round and the Bruins into the offseason.

“When I saw the puck there, I just took a whack at it,” said Ward of his series-winning score. “It was a sense of relief, a great accomplishment.”

If Ward was the hero of Game Seven, the hero of the series would still have to be 22-year-old Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, who stopped 31 shots on Wednesday to finish the series with a 2.00 goals against average and a sparkling .940 saves percentage. “He’s a unique kid and nothing fazes him,” Caps head coach Dale Hunter said of Holtby. “He’s a warrior out there and that’s the best thing I can say about him … This is what hockey is all about, winning in overtime in the seventh game. This was a big character game and I’m real happy for all my guys.”

The final two spots in the second round will be determined on Thursday night with two more Eastern Conference Game Sevens. The Capitals will start their next series on the road against one of three possible opponents: the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers or the New Jersey Devils.

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