And Just Like That, the Bruins Are Out!
The series was one I was actually quite excited about, and the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals delivered! In a hard-fought back-and-forth series, the teams delivered right to the end. In fact, each of the seven games were won by a single tally.
Coming into the seventh game at the Boston Garden, the hometown Bruins had the slight edge – they are defending champions, have an elite netminder, and were in the friendly (to them) confines of the Garden. But, Washington’s secret weapon, goaltender Braden Holtby had something else to say. Holtby, the Caps third choice in net, has come out of nowhere after injuries to Washington’s top two keepers.
Tonight’s contest was physical, obviously. After 60 minutes the teams were at a standstill, knotted at ones. Overtime, however, was quickly settled after a Mike Knuble steal in the neutral zone, a shot on net, and a Joel Ward rebound passed a stunned Timmy Thomas. The Garden fell silent, Ovie lost his mind, and the defending champs and their fans have a long ride home tonight.
Washington 2 – Boston 1
…and that is the last word.