It's deja vu time for the Boston Bruins, a first round match up that has tested the Stanley Cup champions to the limit, much like last year, the storyline is that the B's are on the verge of elimination to a lower seed, one loss away from an off season with no option for a repeat Stanley Cup parade.
The good news for fans of the B's is that very thing however, they've been here before and as last year revealed, this seems to be a team that thrives on the drama of a Game 7, of a series where they have their backs to the wall.
All bad news for the Washington Capitals, a team that no one expected would even win a game in the opening round and may very well regret not being able to close out the Bruins in game six at home.
The Caps left their fans at the party hall, denying the faithful a chance to dance in the aisles and now they move on to a game seven showdown with the Bruins at the always intimidating TD Gardens, add on to that their star player, Alex Ovechkin is starting to express his very visible disappointment at his allotted playing time and well, such are the things of playoff implosions.
There were times in this series where you had the feeling that the Caps had the Bruins on the ropes, that the flaws of the Bruins game had finally been revealed, but with that game six loss the entire focus of the series changes, a one game showdown to move forward, the Caps will have to dig deep and all be on the same page for that to happen.
The momentum shift has moved with the series to Boston, the Bruins have been there before, you have to like their chances to be moving on to round two after tonight's first round showdown.
It's up to the Capitals to find the resolve to rewrite that prospective history.
Game Seven-- Capitals 2 at Bruins 1(OT)
CAPITALS WIN the series 4 games to 3
Previews and Reviews
Washington Post-- Capitals eliminate Bruins in overtime in Game 7
Washington Post-- Dale Hunter keeps his cool as Capitals advance
Washington Post-- Capital's Joel Ward delivers on cue against Bruins in Game 7
Washington Post-- Capitals' role players 'came to play' against Boston
Washington Post-- George McPhee: Capitals 'needed to win a series like this'
Washington Times-- Joel Ward's OT goal sends Capital to second round
Washington Times-- Capitals' Joel Ward takes Kevin Weekes' advice to heart
Washington Times-- Have the Capitals finally grown up?
Washington Times-- Capitals' Karl Alzner takes pride in shut-down style
Boston Herald-- Bruins season ends in OT
Boston Herald-- Tim Thomas rides high road after crease crunch
Boston Herald-- Ex-Bruin Mike Knuble delivers winning play
Boston Herald-- Tip of Cap from Dennis Seidenberg
NESN-- Tim Thomas "in shock" pictured Bruins winning opening round and...
NESN-- Dennis Seidenberg stands tall in defeat, except when he's ...
NESN-- Tim Thomas tells crying Bruins fan to put smile on face ...
NESN-- Bruins' Power Play Struggles prove costly against Capitals
NESN-- Patrice Bergeron tries to stomach tough defeat to Capitals
NESN-- Tim Thomas' status among Questions as Bruins Season Ends
NESN-- Power Play struggles aside, Claude Julien sees positives in Season for Bruins
Globe and Mail-- Defending champion Bruins ousted by Capitals
National Post-- Capitals oust Bruins by thinnest of margins with Game 7 overtime win
Boston Herald-- Bruins must answer as elite fall
Boston Herald-- Brad Marchand thinks simple
Boston Herald-- David Krejcki line, Tim Thomas seem back on track
Boston Herald-- If it helps, punching out works for Shawn Thornton
Boston Herald-- Mike Mottau motto: Be ready
NESN-- Bruins No Strangers to Game 7 with Plenty of Recent experience...
NESN-- Bruins can Lean on Experience From Stanley Cup Run...
NESN-- Should Shawn Thornton or Jordan Garon dress for Game 7?
NESN-- Milan Lucic showing improvement Needs to be Aggressive ...
NESN-- True Test Arrives after much discussion of Bruins knowing how to deal with Game 7
NESN-- Shawn Thornton has earned spot in lineup with Energy, Experience, Leadership
Washington Post-- Keys for Capitals in Game 7 against Bruins
Washington Post-- Capitals, Bruins seek to be team with demon advantage
Washington Post-- Caps enter Game 7 with Bruins as cool as the ice they skate on
Washington Post-- Jeff Schultz could return to Caps' lineup for Game 7
Washington Post-- Alex Ovechkin 'understands now exactly why he's not out there at times.."
Washington Post-- Caps Enter Game 7 with Bruins as cool as the ice they skate on
Washington Post-- Capitals aren't intimidated by Boston's home-ice advantage
Washington Post-- Caps are loose, having fun ahead of Game 7 in Boston
Washington Post-- Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins have differing Game 7 histories
Washington Times-- Capitals, Bruins are no strangers to Game 7s
Washington Times-- Work ethic secured Beagle's spot with Capitals
Washington Times-- Buckle Up, there's one more game to go
Washington Times-- Even as defending champs, Bruins can be had
Washington Times-- Is Game 7 in Boston an advantage for Capitals?
Washington Times-- Troy Brouwer has interesting perspective on Game 7
Washington Times-- Brad Marchand on critics who say he's a diver: "they mean nothing"
Globe and Mail-- Bruins, Caps set for Game 7 clash
National Post--Alex Ovechkin admits he gets upset sitting on Capitals bench
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