Canadiens’ Jaroslav Halak raises his arms in celebration in front of Capital’s Alexander Ovechkin after the final whistle of Game 7 on Wednesday night. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
• At a Glance: Two role players came through in a big way for the Canadiens on Wednesday night as they won Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal by a score of 2-1. It took Montreal a little longer to get going, however, unlike Game 5 and 6 where they struck early. Marc-André Bergeron scored on the power play with 30 second to go off a nice pass from Scott Gomez to open the scoring after Mike Green has been sent off for cross checking. There was no scoring in the second period, but the Capitals dominated, outshooting the Canadiens 13-3. Washington also dominated the third period, desperately pressing for a goal as they tried to rally. But Dominic Moore gave the Canadiens a 2-0 lead 16:24 into the third period with a chip shot over Semyon Varlamov’s shoulder. The Capitals didn’t quit, however, with Brooks Laich making it 2-1 with 2:16 to play. With 1:43 to play, Ryan O’Byrne took a penalty and the Capitals pulled Varlamov for a 6-on-4 man advantage, but they were unable to beat Halak, who stopped 41 of 42 shots Wednesday, stopping 131 of 134 shots in the last three games.
• Key Moments: Alexander Ovechkin thought he had tied the game 1-1 only seconds into the third period, but the goal was waved off immediately because Mike Knuble has interfered with Halak.
• What It Means: Montreal makes history, winning the series 4-3 and becoming the first eight seed to erase a 3-1 deficit against a No. 1 seed to win the series.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens will be off to Pittsburgh for one of two Eastern Conference semifinals, with the first game on Friday night and Game 2 on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.