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Storybook Game 7 in Sight

Monday, 04.23.2012 / 9:22 AM / Features
By Anthony Gulizia  - BostonBruins.com
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Storybook Game 7 in Sight
BostonBruins.com – It’s only fitting that the series between the Bruins and the Washington Capitals is decided in a do-or-die Game 7 at the TD Garden Wednesday.

For the first time in franchise history, all six games have been decided by one goal and three have gone to overtime, creating a memorable series that has become a clash of two hard-nosed defensive teams.

“It’s a very hard-fought defensive battle throughout the whole series,” Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said after last night’s 4-3 overtime win. "Both teams have played well defensively and waiting for the other team’s breakdown.

“And so far it’s been a real tight battle and hopefully we’ll get the better end in Game 7.”

The Bruins season nearly ended last night when Alex Ovechkin slammed the puck off the crossbar shortly after tying the game 3-3 late in the third period.

But the score held in time for Tyler Seguin to score the game-winning goal – a semi-breakaway he easily put past Braden Holtby.

Home ice advantage is in the Bruins favor for Game 7, but the advantages end there in what’s been a nearly even series.

“You look at the way the series been played it’s been a dogfight from start to finish and late goals,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said. “I think both teams here are heading to Game 7 with probably some kind of confidence and they’ve beaten us twice in our building and we’ve beaten them twice here.

"Now for us, it’s time to take advantage of home ice that we fought hard all year to get and we got to make it count.”

For Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, the time is now to bear down – with no room for mistakes to be made.

“Everything’s been very tight and I think it tells a lot and we’re all great teams, we all have great teams,” Bergeron said. “When you make it in the playoffs and it’s about finding ways and every shift; every play is important right now.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
3 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
4 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
5 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
6 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
7 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
8 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 59 17 25 2 42
L. Eriksson 59 14 20 1 34
D. Hamilton 60 10 24 -1 34
C. Soderberg 60 10 24 5 34
B. Marchand 55 17 15 6 32
R. Smith 60 12 20 8 32
M. Lucic 59 12 20 10 32
T. Krug 56 11 19 4 30
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
C. Kelly 58 7 18 8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 24 16 9 .919 2.37
N. Svedberg 5 5 0 .915 2.43
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