The Capitals' Stanley Cup defense ends after 7 games

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The Washington Capitals couldn't outlast the upstart Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 of their first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series.

Washington's Stanley Cup defense ended in stunning fashion, on a Brock McGinn goal 11:05 into double overtime late Wednesday evening at Capital One Arena.

It was Mr. Game 7 himself, Justin Williams, on the assist, tossing the dagger to be twisted into his former team to end the Caps' hopes of going back to back.

The @NHLCanes won't be forgetting this one anytime soon. #Game7 #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/eD2YKV8XAp

— NHL (@NHL) April 25, 2019

KNOCKED OUT THE DEFENDING CHAMPS!!! pic.twitter.com/VCFiupiuJu

— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) April 25, 2019

Rod Brind'Amour's Hurricanes advance to face the Barry Trotz-led Islanders in the second round.

Thanks for a hard-fought series, @Capitals. pic.twitter.com/P0NR7B8cNZ

— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) April 25, 2019

What a historic ride.Thank you #Caps fans for your support every step along the way.We're nothing without you.We'll be back.#ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/h6g4DqGNHB

— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 25, 2019

You were amazing hosts, @Capitals. Here’s to the next one.

— The Stanley Cup (@StanleyCup) April 25, 2019

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