Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/25/12
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BOSTON – Once again, there will be no repeat winner of the Stanley Cup. The seventh-seeded Washington Capitals, getting a goal from Joel Ward 2:57 into overtime, knocked the defending-champion Bruins from the playoffs with a 2-1 Game 7 victory Wednesday night. The Red Wings are the last team to repeat, doing it in 1998. Ex-Bruin Mike Knuble picked off a slap into the Washington zone by Boston’s Benoit Pouliot and went off with Ward on a 2-on-1. Tim Thomas, last year’s Conn Smythe winner as the playoff MVP, stopped Knuble’s shot but Ward swept in for the rebound for his first goal of these playoffs, the 10th of his NHL career. The winning goal capped a dream series by Washington rookie goalie Braden Holtby, who played all seven games. The Caps won’t know who they will play until the Rangers-Senators and Devils-Panthers play their own respective deciding seventh games Thursday night. It was the first time in NHL history that all seven games of a playoff series were decided ...
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