There’s been a lot of talk about the Capitals’ and Bruins’ history in Game 7s, both recent and otherwise. There’s also been a lot of questions about whether Boston’s success in these do-or-die games last season will help its cause now, or if Washington’s struggles in these contests over the past few springs have brought a steely resolve to the core group.
But the only Game 7 that matters for these two teams now is the one that begins with puck drop at 7:42 p.m. tonight at TD Garden. After two and a half days of buildup for this contest, both teams are ready to get on the ice.
“We’re confident and we’re going to do this,” Mike Green told reporters after the morning skate.
“Right now we have the chance to close the door for playoffs for Stanley Cup champions last year; we want to do it,” Alex Ovechkin said. “I think everybody right now excited everybody can’t wait [for] when the puck going to be dropped….It’s going to be huge game.”
A few notes from the Capitals skate ahead of Game 7:
— Alexander Semin was the only player who didn’t take part in the optional session Wednesday morning. It’s not out of the ordinary for the Russian winger and Coach Dale Hunter said he expects Semin to be in the lineup for the game.
— Without Semin on the ice this morning it’s tough to gauge line combinations for tonight, but assuming he does play they should be similar to what Hunter used in practice on Tuesday.
— Jeff Schultz came off the ice early along with players who expect to be in the evening’s lineup, while John Erskine and Dmitry Orlov remained on the ice for extra work. Sure looks like Schultz will be back in after sitting as a healthy scratch for the past three contests while Erskine and Orlov will likely be out.
More on the Capitals:
— Bruins focus on staying mentally tough
— Caps want to take advantage of wear and tear
— On Hockey: Keys for the Caps in Game 7
— Boswell: TD Garden may be a haunted house
— Caps enter Game 7 as a confident bunch