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Game Seven. You know the deal.
Jason Chimera dropped the puck to John Carlson, who fired a shot that Matt Hendricks tipped in. Tyler Seguin dove to knock in a loose puck behind Braden Holtby to tie the game heading into the third period. The game went into overtime.
And then it happened. You knew it would. Mike Knuble crashed the net and Joel Ward swept in the rebound. Caps beat Bruins 2-1 (OT).
Series record: Capitals 4, Bruins 3
That’s it. That’s how the series ends. In the glorious mess that is a crashed net. Tears and frustration for the defeated, and tears of another sort for the victors.
This could have been Mike Knuble‘s final game as a Cap. This could have been his final game as a pro hockey player.
But he’s not gonna go out like that.
In crashing into Tim Thomas’s net, Knuble was doing what he’s always done: create the plays that would otherwise be denied.
Joel Ward got famous from being an excellent postseason performer. He’d been mostly quiet before tonight, but no one cares about that now.
Joel Ward is your OT hero. He plays a simple game, fearless and strong on the puck, two qualities that just earned him a spot in Caps hockey lore forever.
The Capitals have slayed the defending Cup champions. They proved the pundits wrong.
Who exactly? These guys:
All those guys said Boston would beat our Caps. They didn’t believe. They didn’t know about how thick and proud this team runs.
Goals from role players.
The best Washington defense we’ve seen in nearly a decade.
And a rookie goalie who has become the biggest story in the National Hockey League.
Now it’s time to do it again. We don’t know the Caps’ foe for the next round yet. But we do know that this team can beat anyone.
If they crash the net.
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