Game sevens are special, there’s no doubt about. Memories and stories of Game sevens live on for years to come. This generation of Bruins fans will go on telling tales of Scott Walker in overtime, Danny Briere and his Flyers 3-0 comeback, Nathan Horton in overtime, Horton again in a 1-0 victory, and of course the Game 7 victory in the Stanley Cup Finals that finally brought Lord Stanley back to Boston after 39 long years.
After six hard fought intense hockey games, another memorable Bruins Game 7 story is certainly a guarantee.
On Sunday afternoon the Bruins went into a rainy Washington and did exactly what they had to do; stay alive. The defending Stanley Cup Champions fought of elimination and forced a decisive Game 7 tonight in Boston after a 4-3 overtime win in Game 6 against the Capitals.
“It’s been a great series. Washington’s a great team and we were battling and for whatever reason the game lasted and they didn’t make it easy on ourselves” said Game 6 hero Tyler Seguin who scored 3:17 into overtime giving the B’s the win.
“You go the extra mile so, [a] Game 7 at the Garden it’s what we’ve been working for, home ice advantage so we’re going to seize the opportunity.”
Last year Game sevens were friendly to the Black and Gold, as the Bruins were victorious in all three Game sevens they played in—two of those three coming on Garden ice.
The Capitals have lost three of their last four Game sevens, and have a 2-7 franchise record in Game 7. The Caps have also lost the only Game 7 they have played on the road.
“We’ve been grinding it out every night down the stretch and Game 7 is a grinding kind of game,” said Capitals bench boss Dale Hunter. “We’re used to playing it. Every game here has been a tough game. There have been six games, both sides are a little bit banged up. But little bruises, they’ll forget about them come Game 7.”
Many people are giving the Bruins a big advantage because of their Game 7 experience, but Bruins forward Chris Kelly isn’t buying into it.
“Last year is last year we quickly realized that in October when we went 3-7” said Kelly. “In the same breath, it’s nice to have played in Game 7’s before, to have that to reflect upon and look back on. But this is a whole new year and a whole new challenge.’’
This series thus far has been nothing shy of entertaining. The Bruins and Capitals are the first two teams to skate in six consecutive one-goal playoff games, so what makes you think Game 7 won’t be another tight one-goal contest?
“Those games are always tough to win,’’ said captain Zdeno Chara. “Everything can go right and everything can go wrong in those games. You’ve just got to make sure everything you do is maximized to almost perfection because that’s the game that decides either you play for another day or you’re done.’’