Capitals owner Ted Leonsis weighed in on the barrage of racist tweets that went public after Joel Ward, a black player, scored the game-winning goal for the Caps in their 2-1 overtime victory over the Bruins in Wednesday night's Game 7. And Ward's agent said the player is aware of the comments but won't allow them to affect him.

NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire joined the Mut & Merloni show Thursday morning to talk about the Bruins' Game 7 loss to the Capitals.

"I was here when Boston lost to Carolina in a Game 7 [in 2009] and it was just an amazingly similar, eerie feeling last night, obviously, when Joel Ward scored on the rebound," said McGuire, a former NHL coach and executive.

Looking at reasons for the Bruins' disappointing first-round exit one year after they won the Stanley Cup, McGuire said there are a number of factors to consider.

The Bruins sat in their dressing room baffled by their fate. It was what you’d expect from a team that had just been eliminated: quiet guys, short sentences and the general sense that players were preoccupied with thinking about what could have been.



Just minutes after letting in the series-deciding goal three minutes into overtime, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said he couldn't believe the team's chances at a repeat had ended so suddenly.

After the Bruins failed to make it out of the first round for the first time in four years, Bruins coach Claude Julien gave credit where credit was due by commending the defensively tight and shot-blocking Capitals. 

"At the end of the series, when you look at their team and you look at ours, they were the better team," Julien said. "They had more guys going than we did and they played us tough."

Joel Ward tapped in a rebound of a Mike Knuble shot just 2:57 into the first overtime to lead the Capitals over the Bruins, 2-1, in a tense Game 7 Wednesday night at TD Garden. It marked the first time in Stanley Cup playoff history that all seven games were decided by one goal. The defending champion Bruins -- who won three Game 7 showdowns en route to winning the Stanley Cup last year -- received an ovation as they left the ice. 

CSNNE hockey analyst Tony Amonte joined Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Bruins' Game 7 matchup with the Capitals.

Some are saying the pressure is on the Bruins as the favorite, but Amonte sees it differently.

With the Bruins set to play the Capitals in Game 7 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday night, NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley joined the Dennis & Callahan show to preview the game.

All of the first six games of the series were decided by one goal, with three of the games going into overtime. Brickley said he expects the trend to continue in Game 7, especially because he has seen no quit in this Capitals team.

Shawn Thornton will be a healthy scratch for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Wednesday against the Capitals. Jordan Caron, who played on the fourth line in place of Thornton in Game 6, will remain in the lineup. 

The lineup is as follows:

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Tyler Seguin

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron - Rich Peverley 

Benoit Pouliot – Chris Kelly – Brian Rolston

Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Jordan Caron

Zdeno Chara – Dennis Seidenberg

WILMINGTON -- After Patrice Bergeron missed the Bruins' practice at Ristuccia Arena, B's coach Claude Julien was adamant that the banged-up center will be in the lineup in Wednesday's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Capitals. 

"None at all," Julien said when asked if there was any doubt that Bergeron would play. 

Added Julien: "He's playing next game. … I don't know how much clearer I can get. He's in."