The first EPIC game featured the NY Rangers and the Washington Capitals. Going into last night's matchup, neither team were able to win a game on the road. So going into Game 7, this bode well for the Capitals, who were the home team.
However, the NY Rangers had other ideas as they attacked the Capitals from the start, scoring the game's first goal about seven minutes in. After that, there was no stopping the NY Rangers as they dominated play, both offensively and defensively. Add to that the stellar goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist and the Capitals had no answer for the Blueshirts. By the time it was all said and done, the Rangers had solved the road jinx, winning in convincing fashion, 5-0, much to the delight of the packed bar of Ranger fans.
In the meantime, while NY Rangers fans were busy celebrating the domination of the Capitals, a strange situation was unfolding in the other Game 7 matchup between the Bruins and the Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs had jumped out to a 4-1 lead midway through the 3rd period and seemingly had the game all locked up until the comeback of the ages took place. There's this saying in hockey that the worst lead to have is a three-goal lead. Well, that saying proved to be true as the Bruins chipped away at Toronto's lead, including scoring two goals 31 seconds apart to tie the game with less than a minute to go. Then to add insult to injury, they score the winning goal in overtime to cap off the comeback of the century. So the bar crowd was celebratory and stunned all at once. Simply a bizarre finish to a bizarre game.
So now we have all of the matchups set for Round 2.