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Social media lights up after Hurricanes upset defending champion Capitals

McGinn's double overtime goal lifted Carolina in Game 7

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Brock McGinn's double-overtime goal sent both the Carolina Hurricanes to the Eastern Conference Second Round and social media into delirium.

NHL players went crazy for the Hurricanes' stunning 4-3, double-overtime win that eliminated the defending Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round.

Tweet from @NHLCanes: You'll never forget this one!#TakeWarning

McGinn's brother Jamie, a forward in the Florida Panthers organization, was pretty excited for the biggest goal of his sibling's career.

Tweet from @JamieMcGinn88: Wowww @BrockMcGinn21 woo game 7 hero!!!! Proud brother right now!!!!

Justin Williams, known as Mr. Game 7 for his 8-1 record in win-or-go-home games, picked up the primary assist on McGinn's game winner. New Jersey Devils goalie Eddie Lack each predicted that Williams would score the game-winning goal, while Philadelphia Flyers forward Justin Bailey, Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, and ex-teammates Alec Martinez and Tanner Pearson tweeted their amazement at his continued Game 7 success.

Tweet from @eddielack: Justin Williams. Heard it here first

Tweet from @JustinBailey95: Justin Williams really Mr. Game 7

Tweet from @matt_dumba: Nothing but respect for the OG Justin Williams, mans will to win is unmatched ...thoughts from Australia 🇦 🤙 cheers mates

Tweet from @tannerjpearson: @JustinWilliams #MrGame7

Tweet from @amartinez_27: .@JustinWilliams You are an absolute animal. #MrGame7

Aaron Ward, who won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006, apparently picked the Capitals to win the series but had no problem being wrong to watch his former club advance.

Tweet from @NHL_AaronWard: Never been happier to be MORE WRONG in my NHL Bracketology. Go Canes! #thereisaidit

Carolina will play the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference Second Round, and Islanders goalie Robin Lehner posted shortly after McGinn's game winner.

Tweet from @RobinLehner: Here we go.

The Hurricanes became the fourth wild-card team to stun the hockey world and advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Their win specifically satisfied the Dallas Stars, who upset the Nashville Predators in the first round.

Tweet from @DallasStars: SQUAAAAAD UP!

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