Tyler Seguin deked and scored on Braden Holtby just 3:17 into the first overtime as the Bruins beat the Capitals, 4-3, Sunday in Game 6 at the Verizon Center in Washington. David Krejci stole the puck near center ice and gave it to Milan Lucic on the left wing, and he fed Seguin down the slot. Holtby came out to try to play the puck and Seguin -- considered the most skilled puck-handler on the Bruins -- held on and waited for Holtby to go down before firing the puck into the open net. Game 7 is Wednesday night at TD Garden.
It was the sixth straight one-goal game in the series, a Stanley Cup playoff record for a best-of-seven series.
Andrew Ference -- known for his vocal environmental advocacy -- came down the slot and fired a Seguin rebound into an open net for what could have been the game-winning goal on Earth Day, as the Bruins led 3-2 with 8:03 left. But with 4:52 left, Nicklas Backstrom won a draw against Rich Peverley and drew it back to Alex Ovechkin in the slot. Ovechkin didn't get all of it but enough for it to knuckle through Thomas' 5-hole to force overtime.
The Bruins jumped out on top when Rich Peverley tipped a Ference shot from the high slot at 5:56 of the first. The Capitals came back just under four minutes later when Mike Green fired a shot from the left point. Bruins defenseman Greg Zanon was late trying to clear Mike Knuble from the front of the net and the puck went off his right skate and past Thomas for the tying goal.
With just over three minutes left in the opening period, the Bruins regained the momentum on their languishing power play when Krejci dumped the puck to the left cornerboards. Milan Lucic chased it down and fired it back to Krejci, who tipped it past Holtby for his first playoff goal after leading the Bruins with 12 last spring in their run to the Stanley Cup.
Thomas was the star of the second period with spectacular saves on Marcus Johansson and Jay Beagle. His save midway through the second period was a throwback to Game 7 of the Eastern finals last year when Thomas just got his stick blade on a shot by Tampa Bay's Steve Downie. This time, Thomas on the other side, denied Johansson with the blade of his stick. Less than a minute later, Thomas denied Beagle from in close with a right pad.
Late in the second period, the Bruins appeared to be victimized by a missed call from the officials. Patrice Bergeron was called for high-sticking and the Capitals pulled their goalie for an extra skater. But in the change, TV replays showed the Capitals had seven skaters on the ice and were playing the puck in the offensive zone. Too many men was not called and the Bruins eventually killed off the penalty.
Then, late in the second, Brad Marchand was spun around in the Capitals zone and fell to the ice after being grazed by Jason Chimera. With the Bruins expecting a call in the neutral zone, Chimera and the Caps headed the other way. Nicklas Backstrom and Chimera got behind Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, with Backstrom feeding Chimera for the goal that beat Thomas with just over 41 seconds left in the period, tying the game at 2-2 heading into the third.
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Tom Brady joined the show fresh off the teams 9th win of the season in Houston. He dismissed Antonio Smith's spying allegations and told the guys he has already moved on.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
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Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Peter King joins Mut and Merloni to go across the NFL and address the latest news. He discusses Kubiak's firing, Tomlin's fine, and Dennard's possible suspension.
Brick makes his weekly appearance on Mut and Merloni and discusses the Bruins loss to Montreal and the hit on Johnny Boychuck.
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Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
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