The Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins was destined to go to Game 7. This tightly contested matchup has already made NHL history as the only series in which the first six games were decided by only one goal. Game 7 should be no different.
An intense game such as this will cause players to either crumble under the pressure or be forged into something brilliant, their actions changing the course of two franchises with one single moment in time.
So which player for the Washington Capitals will shine in such a moment and write his name into the hockey history books? Carve his name into Stanley Cup stone? Forever be known as a playoff hero?
In honor of Game 7, here are seven likely heroes for the Washington Capitals as they attempt to dethrone the reigning Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.