Photo credit: Charles Krupa

After Thursday’s disappointing overtime loss to the Boston Bruins, Dale Hunter’s Washington Capitals redoubled their efforts. The result: another excruciatingly tight hockey game at TD Garden, but with a heluva lot more offense.

Troy Brouwer crashed the net to score to the game’s first goal after 38 scoreless minutes. Halfway through the third, Benoit Pouliot tied the game with a backhand off a loose puck in the slot.

And the overtime. Nothing. OT2 ended in a blink… as Nick Backstrom beat Thomas over the shoulder. Caps beat Bruins 2-1 (OT).

  • Dale Hunter outcoached Claude Julien. Hunter double-shifted Ovechkin, freeing him in fleeting moments from Zdeno “would you like a peanut?” Chara’s halitotic coverage. That was the key to Troy Brouwer‘s crashed net and the Caps’ first goal in this series. Since I’ve been a critical jerk about Hunter all season, here’s me eating crow and singing praises: Hunter rules.
  • Did you guys see Ovi webering after the Brouwer goal?

    Separated at birth

  • I think JP called this on the last Caps Lunchbox: John Carlson has emerged in the postseason.  He and Roman Hamrlik both, really. The Capitals’ defense has been the target of mockery and ire all season, but they’re playing a much tighter and physical game now that the 82 are over. Against a large and aggressive Boston offense, it means everything.
  • One thing the Caps D-corps has done in particular is pressure along the blue line, causing approximately two billion off-sides calls against the Bruins.
  • Thrown sticks, cross-checks, blatant trips, goalie punches– the Bruins got away with everything tonight. Contrast/compare the reffing in this series with the Penguins/Flyers. The officials were injecting their own narrative into a hockey game that is supposed to be decided by the players. People, it sickens us to say this, but even Mike Milbury thought this was some garbage hockey. Yeah: we agree with Mike Milbury. Print this recap out and frame it.
  • We can admit that Alex Ovechkin‘s stick caught Dennis Seidenberg up high, but the Bruins were like Pesci in CasinoYou beat ['em]  with fists, he comes back with a bat, you beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun, and if you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, ’cause he’ll be coming back and back, until one of you is dead. That applies particularly to Marchand grabbing Nick Backstrom‘s visor and shaking him around like a ragdoll at the end of the second. That’s assault, brutha.
  • Dennis Wideman‘s deflection led to the Bruins’ game-winning goal in game 1. Dennis Wideman’s pinch led to the Bruins’ tying goal in this game (although with help from Matt Hendricks’ meh pressure and Holtby’s bad read). But then he saved the game in OT, so what do we know?
  • As your boy Nate Ewell points out, punching a player in the head with a blocker is a game misconduct in the rulebook. The refs threw that book out.

Series: Bruins 1, Capitals 1

Holy heck.

Erase all your doubts. This team can do anything. They’re stonewalling one of the best offensive teams in the league.

Dale Hunter beat Claude Julien. Alex Ovechkin broke free of Chara. Nick Backstrom has re-awoken.

Be very afraid of this team.

We’ll have a lot coming before Game 3, but for now: liberate yourself of predispositions. The rookie netminder is electric. The flaccid Caps defense is impenetrable. The lightweight forwards are throwing their weight around.

Game on.

  • Cpt Giggles

    So much win in this post…. 

  • bailamos?

    BAILAMNFKEUJOQWE@((!*(#*

     

  • JGP

    Show some love for Beagle, who was unstoppable on the dot. Especially in the defensive zone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1120803109 David Weichert

    I would say Nicky got even with TimmyTom, no?

  • Rick

    Don’t forget Semin’s “grit” in OT. He saved the game at least twice in the span of 2 minutes. For all of Hunter’s suspect strategy, Semin’s one thing he’s gotten right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1262029985 Alison Latimer

    I just want to know who had BINGO? 

    This was an awesome game…..

  • http://twitter.com/DCRothman David Rothman

    I agree re: Hamrlik. Rock fucking solid this series, like a new man now that it’s the postseason. Same with Carlson, finally updated to the 2.0 version for 2012. 

  • http://twitter.com/BigNed Ned Keitt-Pride

     Apart from the goals and learning that Holtby’s middle initials are MF, the two key plays I got to see (got home about 5 mins into the 2nd) were Alex Semin selling out on a block in front of Chara (you’re damn right he cares) and John Carlson outmuscling a Bruin off the puck behind the Caps net, then doing an immediate pirouette to avoid a hit and maintain possession.  When you have dedication, grit, and skill all going on at once you have a damn good chance to upset the #2 seed.

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  • Emily Casto

    thanks for the Marchand/ferret split screen pic, Ian! From @ecindc

  • http://www.calacirian.org sonja n a

    Me too … because we (three of us) couldn’t get one.  And we were using some sketchy logic to get some of the squares.  I thought the commentary was remarkably even handed and even complimentary of the Caps.

    Plus … there must be a media blockout on mentioning the Pens after they got so trounced in games 1 and 2.

  • http://www.calacirian.org sonja n a

    Me too … because we (three of us) couldn’t get one.  And we were using some sketchy logic to get some of the squares.  I thought the commentary was remarkably even handed and even complimentary of the Caps.

    Plus … there must be a media blockout on mentioning the Pens after they got so trounced in games 1 and 2.

  • http://www.calacirian.org sonja n a

    I did some very rudimentary math … there has been 1 goal for every approximately 36 minutes of game play in this series.  Stingy awesome hockey !!

  • http://www.calacirian.org sonja n a

    I did some very rudimentary math … there has been 1 goal for every approximately 36 minutes of game play in this series.  Stingy awesome hockey !!

  • jennrubenstein

    princess bride reference is win!!! rip, andre.

    (he has a posse, btw.)

  • Guestz

    when he went in for the 3rd in a row during that ridiculous streak i thought Hunter was once again playing the fool for not changing him out just cause he was on a streak. and then he won the 3rd and i says to my tvs, i says, “play on, dawg”

  • Guestz

    are you kidding? yes they were *willing to compliment the CAPS when the occasion called for it, but otherwise everything was Bruins Bruins Bruins.  maybe i’m just centering on Pierre’s commentary cause lord was that uneven

  • xx

    only because the entire team is playing back. that way he’s not having to rush back (slowly) in order to cover his man with no one else around. 

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  • Rhino40

    One thing the Caps D-corps has done in particular is pressure along the
    blue line, causing approximately two billion off-sides calls against the
    Bruins.

    Glad I wasn’t the only one who noticed this…the NBC “anal-ysts” sure didn’t.  Heh, heh.

  • Rhino40

     I got close, but I couldn’t find a “Casual Misogyny” or “Pierre Giggles”