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Discuss: Capitals beat Bruins 2-1 in Game 7 overtime shocker

Apr 25, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

Joel Ward hasn’t done much for the Washington Capitals since they paid him handsomely in hopes that he would replicate his 2011 playoff glories. Who knows how often he’ll justify his existence going forward, but GM George McPhee probably feels better about the investment after Ward won Game 7 in overtime with a 2-1 goal.

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The Capitals upset the defending champion Boston Bruins 4-3 in one of the closest series ever.

  • Tim Thomas said this to Braden Holtby: “Great job, kid.” Are we watching a star in the making?
  • Alex Ovechkin played just 16:25 of ice time. Can the Capitals go deep with their captain sitting on the bench more than he ever has in his career?
  • More on that thought: is Dale Hunter crazy or crazy like a fox for the way he’s handling Ovechkin?
  • Bruins fans chime in: how disappointing is this outcome after the Cup run and a dominant early season stretch? What needs to be tweaked?
  • As the seventh seed, the Capitals will start the next round on the road. Their exact opponent hasn’t been determined yet, however, so let me ask: who would be the best and worst matchups for Washington in the semifinals?
  1. amonte13 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Not a Bruin fan, but how about some goalie interference??? Knuble almost ran Thomas over, and he wasn’t pushed in!!! Only in the NHL.

    • bozosforall - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      Quit whining.

      • amonte13 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:51 PM

        Fact, not whining. Tell me how that’s not goalie interference. Knuble is in the crease, with his stick betwen Thomas’s legs. The refs can even not call the penalty, but disallow the goal. Once again, not a Bruin fan, I just want to see someone win cleanly, it didn’t happen tonight.

      • bozosforall - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:52 PM

        Boston teams have been cheating for so long…karma came back to bite them. Deal with it.

      • amonte13 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:56 PM

        Really? And you said I was whining?

      • bozosforall - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:03 PM

        Whining? I’m too busy laughing.

      • amonte13 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM

        Nice ‘fact’ bozo, read much??

      • bozosforall - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM

        Why read, when I can watch the Bruins CHOKE. Boston team once again bites the dust. CHOKE CITY

      • amonte13 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:20 PM

        Wow, you are dense.

      • bozosforall - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:22 PM

        Nah, that title would go to New England sports fans. Who continue to prove that they can dish out the insults but can’t take them in return.

  2. nflanalyst - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Caps win! Caps win! Best playoff series I can remember in the past 10 years!

  3. farvefromover - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Suck in that beantown!

  4. aklolzer - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    glad to see the classy teams winning so far these playoffs. get rid of the late hits and slashes and all the diving, real happy the caps won since the bruins are so dirty, especially marchand.

    • arysoh - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:37 PM

      Really? Phoenix raffi Torres hit on hossa was classy? Let me know what games you’re watching.

      • aklolzer - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:39 PM

        I’d like to provide further clarification. I’m real happy that the pens and bruins are gone. Two of the dirtiest, cheap, diving teams that deserve to be out of the playoffs right now.

      • arysoh - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM

        I’m glad Boston is gone but as far as dirty hits go I’m sure rooting against Dale Hunter. I hope you all remember the cheap shot he delivered on Pat Lafontaine after he scored. Hunter received a 22 game suspension which, back then was the longest ever.

  5. kotteintheslot - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Suck it timmy!

  6. blkeskimo1785 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    This series could have gone either way, but I think the two biggest things were the Stanley Cup hangover and Nathan Horton being out with a concussion. Two obvious things.

    • habsman - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      How is sucker puncher Nathan doing? Is he hanging with the “biter” Marc Savard? Are they getting treatment from Dr. Recchi?

  7. bradyisbetterthanrodgers - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    as a bruins fan congrats caps. well deserved.

    • bbgraf08 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Exactly. Enjoy it Caps fans!

  8. bleed4philly - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Bruins are done son!!!

  9. brian32556 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    So long BruBags! And quit making excuses – hangover! interference! and everyone has to put up with injuries.

  10. arysoh - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Bye bye Boston. That’s what you get when your goaltender refuses to visit the president. Coincidence that they got beat by the Washington Capitals, I think not. Just some good old American justice.

  11. laxx87 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    its time to.move on from Timmy………its tuukkas time now

  12. lewdood - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    I love that a black guy wearing #42 from Washington scored the OT series winner on Thomas! Sweet irony!!!

    • lewdood - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      Whoops, my Presidential history is slippin’! Clinton was 42, Obama’s 44. Still… Suck it, Tim Thomas!

  13. habsman - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    I feel bad for Colin Campbell. He’s probably devastated.

  14. bennywisest - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Awesome hockey in this series. This is what playoff hockey is all about.

  15. cspsrbums - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    As a Cap Fan that could have been interference but if it happened the other way they wouldn’t have change the call for sure so will take it. BS got a gift at the end of regulation anyway and couldn’t capitalize

  16. bearsnbills - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Marchand is a punk. He’s probably diving for his golf clubs right now… That’s right… I said it. Chump team out…

    • monarch897 - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      Yeah I’m surprised nobody is talking about that fantastic spinning dive he made trying to goad the refs into a penalty. Wish they would’ve called one on him for that cheap shot.

      What a punk. I have zero respect for that guy… little rat.

  17. vtdcfan - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Go Caps! Thank God, I thought the Bruins were gonna pull it out in the first minute but a lucky miss saved our playoff lives. Great series between two great teams. Bring on the next round opponent!

    • barkar942 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      And the non-call on Knuble for shoving the broken stick that was on the ice into the path of, I believe Peverly about 30 seconds before they scored also helped.

      • habsman - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM

        Yep, it’s the refs fault when the Bruins lose.

  18. bozosforall - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Boston CHOKES yet again! First the Red Sox last fall, then the Pats this winter, now the Bruins this spring…next the Celtics this summer…or sooner.

    City of CHOKERS

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  19. bradyisbetterthanrodgers - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    good luck to the caps the rest of the way!!

  20. bmmayhew - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I guess the Caps were tough enough, eh Bruins fans! have a wicked summah vacation nursing your vaginas back to health.

  21. tcclark - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    No Bruins, No rangers for the Flyers next round. I’m lovin these playoffs

  22. fhuizar - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Glad to Boston out!!!!

  23. nflanalyst - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    1) Ovechkin was played less because it also kept chara on the bench more.

    2) Yes, Holtby is legit and could possiblybe the next starter for Washington for many years.

    3) Best matchup for round 2 is the New Jersey or Florida, worst matchup would be Philly.

  24. cspsrbums - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    And here we go the Boston fans are starting already complaining

  25. renberg19 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Dear Julien,

    Why weren’t you smiling during the end of the series handshake?

    Sincerely,

    Flyers Fan rooting for the Caps

  26. cspsrbums - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Just suck it up they would change it either way see ya B fans your done

  27. grimlock410 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    As a Caps fan i have to say Boston is the deepest team I can remember in a long time. Great series I’m sure the B’s will be right back in it next year. GO CAPS

    • rg3isvictory - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      Agreed!!!

    • patsfiend - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:02 AM

      Not deep enough to get too many good shots through that Caps defense, though. It will be interesting to see how the Caps do from here on out. Congrats Caps fans.

    • odj810 - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      Great series. I can’t even be upset as a bruins fan. Every game could have went either way. One bounce here or there, thats the playoffs. Both teams played there hearts out.Washington seems to have learned how to play playoff hockey. B’s will be back and good luck to washington.

  28. crispyoatmeal - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Ovi is a turnover machine and plays with half the effort as the rest of the team. As a huge caps fan, I’m thankful that Hunter is keeping Ovi on the bench.

    • patsfiend - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:04 AM

      He skates like an animal out there, dishing out punishment. Yes, turning it over. He’s like an uncaged lion, and as a B’s fan, it was both fearsome and entertaining to watch him out there. He would drive me nuts if he were a Bruin… I don’t think they’d keep him! Unbelievable.

  29. ravenscaps48 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    GREAT SERIES BRUINS FANS!

  30. rg3isvictory - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    As a Caps fan I’d like to extend congratulations to Boston for an amazing Historic series! I’d also like to apologize for the childish Caps fans that don’t know how to show a little class after an amazing series!!! This was no small victory and I hope the Caps can move forward deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs and prove this series wasn’t a fluke! I hated the Bruins, Chars, Tim and others during the series b/c these guys are great! Tim got a lot and sh*t for not hangin with Obama but the guy is a class act! Did you see him skate toward the kids after the lose and tell them to keep smiling? C-A-P-S, caps, caps, caps!!!

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      TRUTH! To the real fans, I would like to congratulate you guys on an absolutely wonderful series!… Trollers will keep trolling. Hopefully this is the beginning of a great rivalry for years to come

    • dcfan4life - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:02 AM

      I would agree, but then again a lot of sour Bruin fans are ripping Joel Ward in racial ways all over the internet. As one with tons of family in Boston but born and raised in DC, i know both cities well. And the racist people in Boston attacking the lone african american Capital for his skin color because he beat you is beyond disrespectful. I would hope all New Englanders who have enjoyed all 4 major championships in the last 7 years to show more class than that. And unfortunately thats not the case. Just remember that Caps fans when your showing your respect that not all of it is returned…

    • banshee950 - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:17 AM

      As a B’s man I congradulate you guys, great historic seris , I’m glad we were in it. My hat’s off to the Caps they got better and better as it went deep. best of luck moving on I’m hopping on your bandwagon! I did see Thomas, I thought that was just local coverage, I’m glad it was the national feed, he really is a class act, like most hockey players.
      I truly hope there isn’t the racial stuff out there that you spoke of, that is really classless. know that Bruins nation is better than that and don’t let a fewe dbags with nothing better to do than sit up at night posting BS.
      enjoy your run Caps fans!!!

  31. govtminion - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    The OT goal? Crap. Knuble was practically standing on top of Thomas. Shouldn’t that be a penalty? Officials, you there?

    The series overall though, as much as I would have loved the B’s to win it, was everything we’d hoped it would be. Congrats to the Caps, good luck next round, and my hope is for the Preds to win it all at this point.

    Wild year so far… I wonder what tomorrow’s Game 7s will bring?

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      You’re kidding? Holtby has had a Bruins Blanket on him ALL SERIES LONG. No Calls. I don’t want to hear that mess

    • habsman - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      Refs fault.

  32. jkay1818 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    At least Tim Thomas doesn’t have to worry about visiting the president next year.man, if I could compile all of the cocky posts this entire yr from bruins fans, that would be a funny read. How they have the most depth, unstoppable, how tough lucic is, blah blah….hate to say this but the flyers are sitting pretty. If the NYR advance, Philly avoids them and could play nj or fla. Or can even end up playing ott.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      A couple of very big “ifs” but if the Panthers and Sens both win on Thursday, that will leave the Flyers as the only team still in the playoffs that has ever won the Cup, and theirs came more than 35 years ago!!!

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:11 AM

        Technically that is incorrect. The Ottawa Senators HAVE won they Cup- waaaay back in the day, but yes, it’s modern-day namesake team has not. :-)

    • patsfiend - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:07 AM

      The B’s DO (did) have the deepest team, you don’t have to ask a Bruins fan to hear that. Something tells me that your posts, jkay, would be pretty cocky / doooshy if the Flyers ever win the Cup (except… they won’t… not with THAT goaltending.)

  33. howardforvezina - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    That was exciting, but honestly the Bruins did not play very clean. But it is the refs that did a bad job. Campbell is NOT rigging it, what are you habsman, twelve.

    • habsman - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      Not this year he didn’t.

  34. dropthepuckeh - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Great win for the Caps, well deserved. For whatever reason the Bruins s*cked. Major Kudo’s and respect to Holtby and all of you Cap fans on the message boards. Your team played much better than Boston and I hope you get to enjoy a long playoff run….

  35. subliminalnoize - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Great series, first ever series to be a one goal game series all through.

  36. vtdcfan - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    ok so this interference Bruins fans are calling for? really? a shot rebounds from goal and within less than a second when the shooter stops from hitting the goalie? did u see the goal? come on and take the loss with some respect. it is what it was and a clean goal to put us into round 2. gooduck next year tho! GO CAPS!

  37. capsfan19 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Goalie interferance my ass! What about that game 2 goal with pouliot i believe railing holtby? And what about all those other rediculous calls the b’s got in their favor. Knuble was in his face but not pulling a lucic on miller for crying out loud.
    Great series, great game and now looking foward to the future.
    Very impressed by thomas skating over to cheer up the little kid. I hate the guy but that was a great show of sportmanship.

  38. howardforvezina - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    There were many bad calls. But the goal was not one of them. Benoit Poulio(t) pushed Knuble anyway.

  39. howardforvezina - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    But anyway a capital gain for Washington.(see what I did there)

  40. cableguymike - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    http://t.co/6IDVigKX Well done Boston fans. Well done. Stay classy.

    • bethgoesglobal - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:34 AM

      Classy indeed! Not only are these people completely ignorant but some of them clearly don’t even what derogatory term they’re using!! Joel Ward, a “sand n*$$#r”? ….Only in Boston….

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:35 AM

        sorry- don’t even KNOW what derogatory….

      • cableguymike - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        I noticed that too. Now, as much as I want to paint all Boston fans with the same brush I won’t. Even though they seem to like to do it to us Canuck fans.

        Taking the high road…

  41. bethgoesglobal - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    I said at the onset that this would be a great series to watch and the guys certainly came through! I knew it would be a tough and gritty contest but I never would have guessed that all the games would be so tight. If you weren’t at the edge of your seats for each and every game you’re NOT a hockey fan!
    When Wardo scored that goal I jumped out of my seat screaming and jumping up and down like a fool- it was great. I think anyone living around Madison Lake, MN heard me and could feel my house shaking! You would have thought the Caps had won the Cup!
    What’s even sweeter though is that I will be flying to DC next week where I can actually cheer for my boys in person. I’m so excited I may not sleep very well in the next 6 days!!
    Can’t wait to see all you crazy Caps fans at the game! (bugger- I guess that means I have to find a way to get tickets before they sell out???…..)

  42. bethgoesglobal - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    No one has said yet who they hope the Caps will meet in round 2?

    Well maybe would should just enjoy the moment before we start thinking about who could trip us up next….

    Ah, but where’s the fun in that? I’m hoping for the Rangers personally, but should Ottawa upset the Blueshirts I think a series against the Panthers could be a lot of fun. The playoffs are the source of the greatest rivalries in hockey and it would be nice to get a good one going w/in our SE division (for however much longer it exists).
    However, along that line it would be nice to see 2 teams from what so many consider to be the worst division in the NHL continue to march forward towards that ultimate prize!
    (after all, when are people going start griping about how pitiful the NW div is?…..maybe now since the ‘Nuks are out of the hunt??)

    • jdubs316 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      It’s impossible for us to play the Panthers next Round. If Ottawa beats NY they would get Florida or Philly.

  43. homelanddefense - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    As a Bruins fan I would like to congratulate the Caps and their fans. You deserved the win…you simply played better.

    B’s fans. There is no shame in losing this series. It was historically close and Washington was much better than their record. Remember they were preseason favorites for the cup by some experts.

    Make no excuses…..be better that I that. Ignore the haters.

  44. caps247 - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    The best matchup would be vs. Panthers or Devils (in terms of winning). A real interesting won would be vs. the Rangers. The Worst one would be vs. Philly, but they do have shaky goaltending sometimes, should be interesting if it all comes down to that. Oh, I almost forgot Ottowa — I don’t want to underestimate them, so I’ll say that’s a pretty good matchup also.

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