Yes, this Capitals-Bruins series has been historically close

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Once the clock reached 0.0 in tonight’s Game 7 between the Boston Bruins-Washington Capitals series to send the deciding game to overtime, many hockey fans probably found it all quite fitting. It’s been a series with a tiny margin of error – in fact, the tiniest in NHL history.

According to various sources, the Capitals and Bruins became the first teams to decide all seven games of their series by a single goal.

That’s impressive stuff. NBC Sports Network flashed an infographic with some other interesting tidbits to chew on about OT in the 2012 playoffs:

  • Fifteen out of 46 games have gone to overtime.
  • Road teams are 10-4 so far.
  • The average length: just 7:34, with the last six games ending within the first six minutes.
  • Steve Shields is the last rookie to win a Game 7 in OT (for Buffalo in 1997).
  • Tim Thomas is 7-5 in playoff overtime games.