Every game between the Capitals and Bruins in this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series has been extraordinarily close and it’s not just hyperbole. This is the first series in NHL history to have six straight games decided by one goal, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
So perhaps it’s fitting that this series will go the distance, to a winner-take-all Game 7 — a deciding contest that will probably be a lot like all of the other games in this matchup.
“It’s gonna be a 50-50 game, 50-50 chances,” Alex Ovechkin said. “You can see how we play – every game it’s one goal, and this going to be game that win the series, so we just have to play. Right now, all we sad, but tomorrow’s a new day, and we have a couple days until the game and you know, get some rest, refresh your mind and be right back for seventh game.”
Washington fell, 4-3, in overtime in Game 6 after Tyler Seguin waited out Braden Holtby in the extra session, skated around the rookie netminder and fired into an open net for the game winner.
But that tally only came after the Capitals fought back from three, one-goal deficits to force overtime. The Bruins played well, but the contest wasn’t lopsided by any means.
Despite the Capitals’ disappointment at being unable to close out the series at home in Game 6, several players agreed that perhaps it suits this matchup to be decided in one last nailbiter.
“I think it’s expected that this series was going to go far after seeing the first two games. I’m sure that they were thinking the same thing,” Karl Alzner said. “It was the Boston Bruins. They’re not going to go down easy, obviously. It was going to be tough. A lot of the predictions at the beginning were Boston winning in six, or maybe them winning in seven. We knew it was going to go long series. It’s our turn to win it now.”
The Bruins, of course, wanted to force this series to Game 7 back in Boston, but even Coach Claude Julien acknowledged that it seems to be an appropriate ending.
“Well, I’d have to answer that it was fitting for us. I know that for a fact. But I don’t know if it was fitting for them before tonight’s game,” Julien said. “But obviously when you look at the way the series’ been played, you’re right. It’s been a dog fight from start to finish. Late goals or overtime games.
“I think both teams here are heading into Game 7 with probably the same kind of confidence,” Julien continued. “They’ve beaten us twice in our building. We’ve beaten them twice here. Now for us it’s time to take advantage of that home ice that we’ve fought hard all year to get. And we got to make it count.”
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