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Thursday, April 26, 2012

HOCKEY : Washington Capitals win game 7 to eliminate defending champion Boston Bruins

Joel Ward scored at 2:57 of overtime to give Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over Boston in Game 7, sending the Capitals to Eastern Conference semifinals and ending the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins' hopes of a repeat.

The Capitals squeaked into the NHL playoffs as the #7 seed in the East this year but after struggling to make an impact in the playoffs in the last two seasons despite topping the regular season standings, this time the Caps seem to have saved their best performances for the playoffs.

It was the first time in NHL history that a playoff series had seven games determined by one goal. Four of the games went to overtime, and two others were decided with less than two minutes left in regulation.

The Boston stadium fell silent as the Capitals celebrated just their third postseason series win since a run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1998.

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