The Washington Capitals were one goal away from booting the Boston Bruins out of the playoffs, yet Tyler Seguin’s 4-3 OT goal sent it to a dreaded Game 7. While the Capitals must be distressed about going to Boston for that decisive game, they don’t seem particularly surprised that the B’s extended the series.
Tough forward Matt Hendricks was the first to express a lack of surprise to Stephen Whyno.
“Stanley Cup champs last year – they’re not gonna die easy,” Hendricks said.
Defenseman Karl Alzner’s sentiments were so similar it almost seems like a company line. Here’s what he told Brian McNally.
“It’s the Boston Bruins. They’re not going to go down easy,” Alzner said.
Even beyond the B’s defending champ status, the sheer closeness of this series might have made a Game 7 seem more “inevitable” than anything else. Whyno points to a stat via Elias that this series is the first in NHL history in which the first six contests were determined by a single goal, so it’s been a tooth-and-nail battle the whole way.
(Side note: if you want another sign that this year’s playoffs have been wacky, the Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks might just match that soon enough. As you may recall, all five of their contests went to overtime, which is one level higher on the zany scale.)