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Morning Stanley Cup of Joe – April 26, 2012

WASHINGTON OUSTS THE DEFENDING CHAMPION BRUINS IN HISTORICALLY CLOSE SERIES

WASHINGTON 2; BOSTON 1 (OT) WSH wins series 4-3 
The Washington Capitals defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins 2-1 in Game 7 of their first-round series on an overtime goal by Joel Ward just 2:57 into the extra session.  The Capitals move on to Round 2.  

Video of the traditional post-series handshake: http://bit.ly/IMXuDG.

A video countdown of the night’s best moments: http://bit.ly/JUHaDO

HISTORY IN THE MAKING 
For the first time in NHL history, each game in a 7-game series was decided by one goal. The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals played seven one-goal games in their first-round playoff series; including four OT games. No postseason series had ever had as many as six one-goal games.

The elimination of the Bruins means that the Detroit Red Wings remain the last franchise to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.  The Red Wings won the Cup in 1997 and 1998.

COACH KNOWS BEST
The last Capitals player to score an OT goal in a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Dale Hunter, now the team’s head coach.  Hunter scored his on April 16, 1988, against the Flyers.

THEY SAID IT
“It’s what hockey is all about. Winning in overtime in the seventh game – that is something special and well-deserved by our guys.” – Capitals head coach Dale Hunter

THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE
Capitals rookie goalie Braden Holtby becomes just the third rookie netminder to defeat the defending Stanley Cup champions in a playoff series.  The other two: Ken Dryden (1971) and Mike Vernon (1986).

TWO MORE GAME 7s ON TAP THURSDAY
Starting times were set for the two Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday.  All times ET:

Series                                             Game                Time (ET)       Networks
Ottawa at New York Rangers            Game 7                7 p.m.                NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS, MSG
New Jersey at Florida                        Game 7                8:30 p.m.           NHL Network, NBC Sports Network (JIP)

                                                                        TSN, RIS, MSG Plus, FS-Florida 
SNEAK PEEK AT THE NEXT ROUND
The series between the Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators will begin on Friday, April 27th, and will continue with Game 2 on Sunday, April 29th, with both games being played in Phoenix.  Game 3, in Nashville, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2nd and Game 4 will be Friday, May 4th, also in Nashville.

The series featuring the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings will begin on Saturday, April 28th, in St. Louis.  Game 2 will be Monday, April 30th, also in St. Louis.  Games 3 and 4 will be played in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 6th, respectively.

The complete Eastern and Western Conference Semifinals schedule, including start times and television information, will be released upon conclusion of the Conference Quarterfinal round Thursday night.

For the first time, every Stanley Cup Playoffs game is being televised nationally in the United States, on NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and NHL Network. Not sure where to find the game? Use our channel finder:http://nhl.com/channelfinder.

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