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NHL: Capitals send Bruins home

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, April 25 2012 10:50 p.m. MDT

Fans cheer as Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin reacts after he couldn't score against the Boston Bruins during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, in Boston on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Associated Press

BOSTON — Joel Ward slammed home a rebound at 2:57 of overtime to give Washington a 2-1 victory over Boston on Wednesday night, sending the Capitals to the second round of the playoffs and ending the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins' hopes of a repeat.

Rookie Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots for Washington in Game 7 — the seventh one-goal game of the series. Matt Hendricks scored the Capitals' other goal.

Tyler Seguin scored, and Tim Thomas made 26 saves for Boston.

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.

Hendricks scored midway through the first period, and Seguin tied it in the second. It stayed that way through a scoreless third, with Washington killing off a penalty in the final 3 minutes to send the game into overtime.

Patrice Bergeron had a chance to win it in the first minute of the extra period, but he couldn't get off a solid shot from Holtby's right.

Today's schedule

Ottawa at NY Rangers, 5 p.m.

Series tied 3-3

N. Jersey at Florida, 6:30 p.m.

Series tied 3-3

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