Bruins vs. Capitals Game 7: Preview, Live Stream, Start Time, TV Schedule & More

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IApril 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22:  The Boston Bruins celebrate after Tyler Seguin #19 scored the game winning goal in overtime against the Washington Capitals in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 22, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals will play for a berth into the second round of the NHL playoffs on Wednesday night when the two teams battle in what should be a thrilling Game 7.

Boston's top offensive players finally started to wake up in Game 6, with sophomore forward Tyler Seguin keeping the Bruins' season alive with an overtime win to force a do-or-die Game 7.

The Bruins have won their last three Game 7s, while the Capitals are 1-3 in their last three Game 7s. Boston's three Game 7 victories in last year's playoffs will certainly give them the confidence they need heading into Wednesday night's showdown.

Let's look at everything you need to know about this game.


When: Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Watch: NBCSN, NESN, CSN Washington

Live StreamNBC Sports

Where: TD Garden, Boston, Mass.


Key Injuries

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid has not played in this series and there is no update on his status.

Capitals have no new injuries to report.


What They're Saying

Bruins head coach Claude Julien thinks the experience his team got last year from Game 7s will help them on Wednesday, saying:

" expect your team to show again the experience that they’ve gained in the past," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. 

"When you go through those kinds of situations you can handle those a lot better and we had a Game 6 last year, do or die in the finals that we were able to overcome. So, I’m hoping it served us tonight and three Game 7s last year.

"There’s no guarantee in anything but you got to like the experience that you have going into Game 7."

Capitals head coach Dale Hunter took over the team when Bruce Boudreau was fired earlier this season, and is unsure of his plans beyond Game 7 if Washington is eliminated.

"No, I don't know," he told Tuesday. "I came here for the rest of the year and right now all I'm worrying about is tomorrow night."

"I don't know," Hunter said. "I don't even worry about that right now. I just came here to get these guys in the playoffs and take a run at a Stanley Cup. I didn't do it as a player, so that's why I wanted to come here. I knew we had a good team."


Must-See Highlight from Game 6

Tim Thomas makes a great acrobatic save.


Key For Each Team in Game 7

Bruins: I wouldn't say that Boston has to score first in this Game 7, since they scored first against Montreal in the first round last year, but gave up a 2-0 lead before eliminating the Canadiens 4-3 in overtime.

The Bruins need their big guns to continue their improved play from Game 6. I expect Tyler Seguin to have a great game on Wednesday and feed off the confidence he will have gained from his overtime goal in Game 6.

If Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Seguin play well in Game 7, it's hard to imagine the Bruins' Stanley Cup defense ending against the Capitals.

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14:  Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins and Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals fight for the puck in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 14, 2012 in B
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Capitals: Washington needs a huge performance from Alex Ovechkin. His reputation and the series is on the line in Game 7 and he cannot afford to have a bad game. If he does, it will be a long summer for one of the game's most talented players.

If Ovechkin wants to remain as one of the league's top five players, he needs to dominate this game and lead the Capitals to a series victory.


Prediction: Bruins Win 4-1

The Boston offense will explode in Game 7 and give goaltender Tim Thomas a comfortable lead that will allow him to relax early on.

Thomas is 9-2 all-time in elimination games and will have more composure than Capitals rookie goaltender Braden Holtby, who has never played in a Game 7.

Expect the Bruins to advance to the second round and continue their Stanley Cup defense.


All quotes obtained from Bruins Media Site unless otherwise noted.

Nicholas Goss is a Boston Bruins Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and has covered the team firsthand throughout the season. He was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston.