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Storybook Game 7 in Sight

Monday, 04.23.2012 / 9:22 AM ET / 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 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
 
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T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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