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2012 NHL Playoffs, Capitals Vs. Bruins: Reaction To Joel Ward's Series Winning Goal

The Washington Capitals earned a very surprising series win against the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night. Joel Ward squeaked a backhand by Tim Thomas in overtime to seal what has been the closest series in Stanley Cup Playoff history. Our Capitals blog Japers' Rink is just happy that the Game 7 monkey is finally off this team's back.

Nothing is as exciting as seeing your team win a series in overtime. Nothing. And Joel Ward made sure that the Caps' and their fans finally ended their Game 7 miseries when he picked up a rebound after a two-on-one with Mike Knuble, and made it count. A wee bit of interference by Knuble on Tim Thomas? Perhaps. But it's about time the karmic pendulum swung the Caps' way in that department, and it paid off big time. Your playoff hero: Joel Ward.

Wednesday was also the last time Joel Ward will ever have to pay for a drink in Washington. The Capitals now move on, and their next round opponent is not yet determined. Bot for now, just enjoy the moment.

We'll have plenty more on these games and the rest of the 2012 NHL Playoffs on SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. For more news, analysis, and discussion on Capitals hockey, please head over to Japers' Rink. For the opponent's perspective all series, check out Stanley Cup of Chowder. You can also head over to the SB Nation NHL hub page for more on hockey news as the playoffs begin.