The thinnest of margins
Bruce Arthur: Towards the end of the second period, Boston’s Rich Peverley was being pushed around, and he turned at Washington goaltender Braden Holtby and started an angry two-handed slash that he stopped short of the Capitals netminder by a few inches, just enough. Holtby stood with his arms crossed, a statue. He might not even have blinked.
And Game 7 between Boston and Washington was about who would blink first, and who would follow through. It was the first playoff series in NHL history to have all seven games decided by a single goal; it was as close as a playoff series can possibly be, or has ever been. And the final goal of the series belonged to Washington, on a goal 2:25 into overtime, for a 2-1 victory. The margin, as it had been all series, was a skate blade, if that.
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