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Capitals, Hershey Bears and Eerie Coincidences



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    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 25: Mike Knuble #22 of the Washington Capitals celebrates teammate Joel Ward's goal to win as as Tim Thomas #30 and Brian Rolston #12 of the Boston Bruins look on after Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 25, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    By now, you've probably watched Joel Ward's series-clinching overtime goal from the Washington Capitals' 2-1 overtime Game 7 victory over the Boston Bruins about 100 times (I wouldn't blame you if you couldn't fall asleep).

    But now allow me to show you something a little freaky.


    Wednesday in Hershey, Pa., the Caps' AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, were facing an elimination game of their own. Down 2-0 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a best-of-five series, a loss would have knocked the Bears out of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

    In overtime, Ryan Potulny scored the game-winning goal to lift Hershey to a 4-3 win.

    That's not the only coincidence. Take a look at the box scores of the Caps and Bears' game. See a similarity?

    Both teams scored game-winning overtime goals just 2:57 into the extra session.

    Now that's what I call synergy. Or something just plain freaky.

    Adam Vingan is co-founder and editor of Kings Of Leonsis, a Caps-centric blog. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_KOL and e-mail your story ideas to adamvingan (at)