(BOSTON) — Washington Capitals winger Jason Ward scored at the 2:57 mark in overtime, knocking the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins out of the playoffs, by winning Game 7, 2-1.
Ward scored off the rebound from teammates Mike Knubles shot.
“I just saw the puck laying there. I just took a whack at it and it went in,” Ward said.
The Capitals took the lead in the first period when winger Matt Hendricks put one past Bruins goalie Tim Thomas.
The Bruins aswered in the second, when forward Tyler Seguin scored his second goal of the series.
Then it became a matchup of the goalies in the third, before Ward broke the tie in Overtime.
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby made 31 saves and became the first rookie goalie to win a game seven since Buffalo’s Steve Shields did it in 1997.
The series was the first in NHL history to have seven games decided by one goal.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire