BOSTON, MA - APRIL 25: Brian Rolston #12 of the Boston Bruins and Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals collide in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 25, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Washington's Alex Ovechkin (center) cheers as the Capitals celebrate their 2-1 overtime victory over the Bruins in Game 7 at TD Garden on Wednesday night. Joel Ward scored the game winner 2:57 into overtime to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Capitals right wing Mike Knuble (center) reacts after Joel Ward's overtime game winner. Knuble assisted on the decisive goal and finished the series with two points — he scored a goal in Washington's Game 5 win.
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara congratulates Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin after Washington's overtime victory in Game 7. Neither picked up a point in the deciding game, but Chara finished the first-round series with a goal and two assists, while Ovechkin had two goals and three assists.
That's a good question. With two Eastern Conference Game 7s on Thursday, Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals will either play the top-seeded Rangers, the No. 3-seeded Panthers or the fifth-seeded Flyers in the second round. But as the No. 7 seed, Ovie and the Caps are guaranteed to open on the road.
It's in the net
The Capitals scored first in Game 7 on Matt Hendricks' tip-in goal with 8:37 to go in the opening period. John Carlson and Jason Chimera assisted on the goal, Hendrick's first and only of the first-round series.
Bruins center Tyler Seguin celebrates his game-tying goal as Capitals goalie Braden Holtby fails to come up with the stop at the 14:27 mark of the second period. Holtby did manage to save 31 shots in Washington's big win.
That's a stretch
Bruins goalie Tim Thomas dives to make a save on a shot by Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin during the second period. All seven games of the first-round series ended with one-goal differentials, setting an NHL playoff record.
Centers of attention
Centers Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins and Jay Beagle of the Capitals battle during the opening period in the decisive Game 7 at TD Garden. The Bruins' loss means the last repeat champion will remain the Detroit Red Wings, who won in 1997 and '98.