Brock McGinn kept his team alive by sweeping a loose puck out of the Carolina crease late in regulation, and he scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Capitals in Game 7 of the first-round Stanley Cup playoff series between the two Metropolitan Division rivals.
Old Number Seven - The Capitals find themselves in familiar territory on Wednesday as they get set to host a decisive Game 7 in a Stanley Cup playoff series, this one to settle their first-round series with the Carolina Hurricanes. Since Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin started their NHL postseason careers in 2008, Wednesday's Game 7 is the 12th one they will have played in together, a record for two NHL teammates.
Fade To Blue - The start was there, but that was it. The Caps had a pair of precious one-goal leads - the first leads any road team has forged in this series - in the first period of Game 6 in Raleigh on Monday night. But Washington was unable to add to or to protect either of those leads. And as the game wore on, it was unable to match the desperation and drive shown by its hosts, the Carolina Hurricanes. The result was a 5-2 loss to the Canes, and a deciding Game 7 back in Washington on Wednesday night.
Start time for Game 7 of the First Round series between the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday
The National Hockey League today announced that the start time for Game 7 of the First Round series between the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 24, at Capital One Arena.
Close The Door - The Caps come into Game 6 of their first-round series with the Carolina Hurricanes on the heels of their best performance of the series, a 6-0 win in Game 5 on Saturday night in Washington. That victory broke a 2-2 series deadlock and gives the Caps an opportunity to close out the Canes in Carolina in Monday's Game 6.
Five Alive - Washington won Game 5 for the sixth time in its last seven playoff series on Saturday night in D.C., blowing out the Hurricanes by a 6-0 count for the most lopsided playoff win in Capitals franchise history. The win gives the Caps a 3-2 series lead, and an opportunity to advance to the second round of the playoffs if they can win Game 6 in Raleigh on Monday night.