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McGinn saves Hurricanes with lunging goal-line stop, game-winner

Forward helps them to series-clinching victory against Capitals on defense, offense

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

McGinn's effort keeps it tied

CAR@WSH, Gm7: McGinn dives to clear puck away in 3rd

R1, Gm7: Brock McGinn dives across to knock away a loose puck in the crease and keep the score tied late in the 3rd

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Brock McGinn may have summoned some superhero-like strength to save the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round.

The forward made a lunging, goal-line save late in the third period, then scored in the second overtime to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 win against the Washington Capitals that clinched the best-of-7 series Wednesday.

McGinn scored at 11:05 when he redirected Justin Williams' pass past Braden Holtby.

Video: CAR@WSH, Gm7: McGinn scores in 2OT to win series

"[Williams] kind of threw it there, and I [had my] stick on the ice," McGinn said. "Fortunately it was able to go off my stick and in the net."  

Carolina might not have been in that position if not for McGinn's incredible play in the dying seconds of regulation. With the game tied 3-3 and less than three minutes left in the third period, Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek blocked a pass from Tom Wilson intended for Nicklas Backstrom at the top of the crease. The puck squirted through Mrazek and toward the vacant Carolina net.

But McGinn channeled his inner Thor, like he did during a Storm Surge in January, and flew through ahead of Backstrom to sweep the puck off the goal line.

"I think it's just a reaction there," McGinn said. "I saw it kind of squeak through Petr there a bit. I don't know if it had enough steam to cross the line, but I don't think I was taking that chance."

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