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.”