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  1. Bruins early exit nothing new for defending champions

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 25: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins shakes hands with former teammate Dennis Wideman #6 of the Washington Capitals after Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 25, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    Seven of the last nine defending Stanley Cup winners have failed to reach the second round of the playoffs.

  2. Capitals GM: “We needed to win a series like this”

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    George McPhee

    George McPhee didn’t add: “And I … kinda needed this to keep my job.”

  3. PHT Morning Skate: Where unsung heroes tilt the scales

    Apr 26, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

    Joel Ward, Karl Alzner, John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom

    Thursday’s collection of links.

  4. Boston reporter thinks Tim Thomas will get traded this summer

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:25 AM EDT

    thomaslooksbehindhim

    Could Tuukka Rask be Boston’s Cory Schneider in this scenario?

  5. Bruins coach: “Everybody’s upset; Everybody’s quiet”

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:44 PM EDT

    capsandkrejcigetty

    Claude Julien doesn’t believe that the Capitals were a “seventh place team.”

  6. Hendricks: “We knew we could beat them”

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    henrdicksgetty

    The Capitals were a confident team going into Game 7.

  7. Ovechkin sees limited ice time again in Game 7

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

    ovechkintrippedgetty

    Can the Capitals keep winning this way?

  8. Ward on Holtby: “He’s in beast mode”

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:01 PM EDT

    holtbygetty

    So he’s Marshawn Lynch in goalie pads?

  9. And then there were 10: Bruins run out of Game 7 magic

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    rolstonfallsgetty

    The defending champs last just one round.

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

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    capsgroupgetty

    Of course this series needed more than 60 regulation minutes to decide it all.

  11. Yes, this Capitals-Bruins series has been historically close

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

    perverleygetty

    It’s only fitting that Game 7 is going into overtime.

  12. Braden Holtby doesn’t flinch at slashing motion

    Apr 25, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals makes a save during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins on April 19, 2012 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Rich Peverley: not a great bully.

  13. Sutter on road teams having a playoff edge: “That’s all B.S.”

    Apr 25, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    Darryl Sutter

    Coming into tonight, Western Conference away squads are 14-7 in the 2012 playoffs.

  14. Last minute lineup notes for Caps-Bruins Game 7

    Apr 25, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

    Schultz_Jeff

    Scratches sometimes become difference-makers.

  15. Edmonton’s new arena could look pretty cool if it gets built

    Apr 25, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    Edmonton Arena design

    A similar arena is being planned for the moon.

  16. Lineup questions abound for Ottawa prior to Game 7

    Apr 25, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Paul MacLean 2

    Head coach Paul MacLean has some decisions to make…

  17. PHT List: 10 reasons Luongo could end up in Tampa Bay

    Apr 25, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Roberto Luongo

    The Lightning are in desperate need of a goalie, but there’s more to it than that.

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