It isn’t about what talent you put out on the ice, but it is about who wants it more at this time of season. With the game tied at three, the Carolina Hurricanes were buzzing and outplaying the Washington Capitals for most of the overtime session.
No one scored in the first overtime session, but Carolina outplayed Washington once again in double overtime and Justin Williams passed the puck from the right corner to Brock McGinn in near the net and he scored with 8:55 remaining in double overtime to lift them to a 4-3 win in Game 7.
The Hurricanes trailed 2-0 in this series.
Andre Burakovsky scored 2:13 into the game for the Capitals. Tom Wilson scored 4:10 later in the period for Washington.
Sebastian Aho scored a short-handed goal for Carolina 9:51 into the second-period.
Evgeny Kuznetsov made it 3-1 for the Washington Capitals with 6:38 remaining in the second-period.
Teuvo Teravainen made it a one goal game with 3:23 remaining in the second-period. Jordan Staal tied the game at three for the Carolina Hurricanes 2:56 into the third-period.
Petr Mrazek finished the game with 34 saves for Carolina.
Braden Holtby was outstanding for Washington with 38 saves.
The Capitals will not be the defending champions anymore. There will be a new Stanley Cup Champion this season. Washington will have many questions to answer in the offseason.
The Carolina Hurricanes will face the New York Islanders in the second-round of the postseason and Game 1 will be on Friday Night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This is the first time since the 2009 postseason that Carolina won a playoff series. They actually won two playoff series that season and played in the Eastern Conference Finals.