April 14, 2012

Game 2: Bruins vs. Capitals


WSH - 1
BOS - 1

WSH - 37
BOS - 41

We're headed to double OT after a scoreless 20 minutes of overtime, as the Bruins and Capitals remain knotted up at 1-1.

Boston began the extra session in control, testing Holtby early and often. One bid, which sailed just wide, came from Chris Kelly in the exact same spot he scored the game-winner on Thursday. Have to think that ran through Holtby's head.

The B's were under the most pressure when the pair of Corvo and Zanon were on the ice. Corvo especially botched way too many attempts to clear the puck out of his own zone, leaving the B's pinned in and forcing Thomas to come up with some big stops.

Down the other end, Holtby -- possible fatigued -- started kicking out plenty of juicy rebounds. Unfortunately, the Bruins weren't there to take advantage of them.

This is an unofficial count, but David Krejci has been thrown out of approximately 3,000 faceoffs. No. 46 has seemingly been tossed every time he steps up to the dot, forcing RichPeverley in most instances to sub in.

Peverley has won 5-of-8 draws on the night. Krejci's won just 1-of-8. Maybe they should just start with No. 49 in the first place.


WSH - 1
BOS - 1

WSH - 29
BOS - 30

Sixty minutes are in the books here at the Garden where the Bruins are miraculously headed to overtime with the Capitals.

Washington led 1-0 all the way up until the 12:13 mark of the the third period when Benoit Pouliot raced in for a rebound, swatted a backhander into the back of the net then flew over Braden Holtby.

Boston was out-shot 13-8 in the third period as, once again, Washington upped the ante in the final 20 minutes of regulation. 

The line of Pouliot, Chris Kelly and Brian Rolston continued to be Boston's best forward trio. Haven't seen much out of Seguin, Krejci has been quiet shy of taking down Nick Backstrom for running into Thomas and Lucic has been hitting but not producing scoring chances.


WSH - 1
BOS - 0

WSH - 16
BOS - 22

The Braden Holtby show continued in the second period at TD Garden, where the Bruins now trail Washington by a score of 1-0.

The Capitals tallied with 2:03 remaining in the frame. Tim Thomas slowly crouched over to cover a loose puck sliding toward him. Troy Brouwer reached back past a sprawled out Greg Zanon and poked it in between Thomas' legs.

Boston had plenty of chances but couldn't finish. Their best bid came in the latter half of the frame when Patrice Bergeron tried to go top shelf but Holtby reached out and knocked the shot away with his glove.

Other than that, it was a mostly uneventful frame that -- while it did have its moments of animosity -- didn't have a whole lot of physicality, giving it a not-so-playoff-like feel.

However, things got interesting when the two teams got testy. Alex Ovechkin and Dennis Seidenberg clashed. No. 8 jammed his fist/stick in No. 44's face. No penalties were called.

At the end of the period, Bergeron and Nick Backstrom were jostling, which led to a gathering of al players on the ice full of grabbing, shoving and light jabs.


WSH - 0
BOS - 0

WSH - 9
BOS - 10

Twenty minutes are in the books at the Garden where Game 2 between the B's and Caps is scoreless.

Washington out-shot Boston 5-0 in the first 3:02 of action, as Tim Thomas had to make a number of big savesin the early going.

The B's put 10 shots on Braden Holtby but still generally had a tough time getting pucks through.

Late in the period, the trio of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Tyler Seguin were on the ice together and wound up trapped in their own zone. They had three chances to get over the red line and failed.

The Caps went 0-for-2 on the power play in the opening frame. Boston was 0-for-1.