Photo credit: Mitchell Layton
After two noisy days without a game, the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins finally got into it again. After the feisty mess that was Game Three, the Capitals had something prove for the hometown crowd– and they had to do it without Nick Backstrom.
Brooks Laich set up Marcus Johansson for an odd-man rush to score in the first ninety seconds of the game. With Dennis Wideman overcommitted on offense, Rich Peverley had an easy time tying it up with an odd-man rush. Alex Semin beat Thomas with a surgical strike on a power play late in the second to give the Caps the lead. Caps beat Bruins 2-1.
Series record: Bruins 2, Capitals 2
Let’s see. We talked offense, defense, special teams. Did we miss anything?
BRADEN freakin’ HOLTBY. The sweet summer child from Saskatchewan gave us another sterling effort between the pipes. When the Capitals skaters iced the puck play after play, Holtby bailed ’em out. When the Caps had only a handful of shots on goal halfway through the game, Holtby kept ’em alive.
And when Tim Thomas spazzed out, Holtby remained serene. He shut down odd-man rushes, he cleared Bs out of his paint. He tracked pucks like a level-12 Eladrin ranger with training in pathfinding.
There is no such thing as a rookie goalie in Washington, D.C. this spring. Holtby is an old soul. He’s playing like a hall of famer.
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Despite being outshot by a Canadian mile, the Capitals pulled out the win. How did they do it? Thick and proud, baby. Thick and proud.
The series is tied. The Capitals are headed to Boston. Saturday afternoon. It’s gonna be a brawl.
Crash the net.
Photo credit: Patrick McDermott
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