NHL Playoffs 2012: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins, Players Who Must Shine

April 24th, 2012 by Dave Ungar Leave a reply »
There is nothing quite like a Game 7.

The mere fact that a series—whether it be in baseball, basketball or hockey—is going to a Game 7 is a clear indication that the series has already been something special.

That is certainly the case in the epic Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins.

The Caps came into this series as a No. 7 seed, and most experts picked the defending-champion Bruins to steamroll the Caps in five, maybe six games at most.

Instead, the Bruins needed an overtime win in Game 6 just to get the series to a decisive Game 7.

All six games so far have been decided by just one goal. It does not get more even than that.

At times, it seems like the two teams have undergone radical role reversals, with the Caps playing like the Bruins from last year and the Bruins having to play like the Caps from a couple of years ago.

It has been one of the most physical, entertaining and closely-contested series in recent NHL playoff history.

And to top it all off—we get a Game 7, in Boston, Wednesday night.

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