Caps beat Bruins 4-3! Almost There…

Crash the net! (Photo credit: Brian Babineau)

The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins had split wins in each other’s cities. Saturday afternoon’s bout in Boston was the first of two games within 30 hours, and another example of how tight this series has been.

After a scoreless first, Alex Semin wristed the puck past Tim Thomas while Joe Corvo writhed in pain in the periphery. Jay Beagle sent a loose puck dribbling past Thomas to make it 2-0– the first time either team has had a two-goal lead all series. Dennis Seidenberg got some space from Ovechkin and beat Holtby near-side to get the Bruins on the scoreboard. Just a few seconds later, Marchand (with help from Peverley) pushed the puck through Holtby’s five-hole and tied the game.

And then…. in the third period…

KANOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBLE!

Yes. Mike Knuble crashed the net to make it 3-2 for the Capitals. Johnny Boychuk tied it up while Dennis Wideman was in the penalty box. On the Brouwer Play, Troy Brouwer scored a brouwer play goal, his first brouwer play goal and the game-winner. Caps beat Bruins 4-3.

  • Braden Holtby is mortal. We all knew this, right? Those two goals he surrendered within half a minute were the product of bad defense (Ovechkin getting smoked in neutral, Erskine and Wideman not clearing the crease), but Holtby still should’ve stopped either or both. It’s the playoffs, and we expect the world. We expect him always to do stuff like that full-split toe stop on Tyler Seguin in the third period that had gentlemen across the continent going “Eeeesh!”
  • John Carlson was penalized for running Tim Thomas in the first period, despite his being flanked by three Bruins guiding his way in. Here’s a quick lesson in physics: Inertia says things in motion stay in motion; ice has a very low frictional coefficient; and momentum is shared among connected bodies. The Bruins didn’t have to extend their arms to push Carlson into Thomas, they just had to be there, moving steady.
  • Blocker punch from Thomas on Carlson in case you’re keeping track.
  • Jay Beagle! Scoring goals, blocking shots, killing penalties, writing in diaries, doing outdoorsy things on off-days!
  • Alex Ovechkin had no patience for Zdeno Chara‘s post-whistle nonsense, which is to say he had all the patience in the world. When Chara got dirty with his stick, Ovechkin did not retaliate. Boom: power play. Meanwhile, Chara tried to cream Jason Chimera into the glass at the end of the first period, but only got the wind knocked out of him instead.
  • We don’t root for players to get hurt. Ever. But losing Joe Corvo is like losing weight. Get well soon, Joe!
  • We’ve called Alex Semin some variation of “vanished” for the past few postseasons. He’s got goals in three straight games. We’re shutting up now. His tally on Saturday was the result of being tough in the crease. Just for clarity: we’re talking about Alex Semin, number 28, being tough in the crease.
  • The two-goal lead: the Capitals have seen them disappear all season. It happened again in a blink today as the Bruins converted on consecutive shifts. Dennis Wideman, playoff goat, was on-ice for both of those goals and gave the Bruins a big power play in the third. He’s been on for 7 of the 9 Bruins’ goals this series, and all of their goals at even strength. If he plays Game Six, it’s on the coaches.
  • Johnny Boychuk‘s power play goal was the first such the Caps have given up this series.
  • Patrice Bergeron missed a good portion of the game after absorbing a big hit from Alex Ovechkin. He stayed on the bench, but missed shifts. Add Corvo’s injury to that, and Claude Julien was working with a depleted lineup. Bergeron returned late in the third.
  • Give Mike Knuble ice time in the offensive zone and he will crash the net. Crash the net enough and he will score. These are Dependable Things that everyone should know.
  • So many bullets today.

Series record: Capitals 3, Bruins 2

One small note: without getting to say goodbye, we’ve already see our last CSN broadcast of the year. There were whispers of Sunday’s broadcast getting on the station, but that didn’t happen. Thank you to Joe Beninati and his phalanx of suits. Thank you to Craig Laughlin and his hockey smarts and weird accent. If you go right now, you can check out their post-game on CSN.

The difference maker, again, is special teams. The Capitals’ penalty kill is nigh-perfect, and they’re the only team in this series getting plural goals with a man-up.

Tim Thomas, rebound factory, didn’t have the wherewithal to shut down an egalitarian Capitals offense. When goals come from guys like Beagle and Brouwer and Knuble, the opponent really has to dig deep. The Bruins couldn’t do that, and now they stand on the verge of elimination.

Sunday’s game is early. 3PM back in DC. Fans, the challenge has been issued: bring it like it’s never been broughten before.

We’re gonna prove the hockey pundits wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/GoodSasha28 Alexander Semin

    I think you mean Capitals 3, Boston 2.

  • http://twitter.com/kat326 Rachel Cohen

    WE CAN DO THIS.

    WE -WILL- DO THIS. 

  • Fuse

    Awesome as always, but … Braden Holtby is moral .. shouldn’t that be … mortal? 

    Much love to Knuble.  Glad to see him in the last 2 games, and look at the result … though Matty sitting over Aucoin?  Anyway, a win is a win …

  • http://twitter.com/3GBcanada 3GBcanada

    I think you’re mistaken about the series record, caps have 3 wins now. 

    EDIT;
    also, “7 of the 9 Bruins’ goals this season” you mean series?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=724327779 Roy Hoenderboom

    What a game!!! 

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

    Series score is Caps:3 Bruins: 2. DON’T SCARE ME LIKE THAT BRO

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

    I.Love.This.Team. 

  • Sand_witch

    that was FAST!

  • Peter

    Sorry for the goof. Had to run out on an emergency.

  • Abhi

    Was the emergency celebratory drinking?

  • JessHughes

    Go Caps!  But have to give some MoJo some grief for the Bruins PP goal — his awful, lazy turnover led directly to Wideman cross-checking (silly by Wides) Marchand, who (shocker) sold the call well.  By the way, it’s odd to live in a world where Semin and Beagle both get more TOI than Ovi.  Let’s do this, boys — bring it tomorrow!

  • Sillyduck8

    #1 Sacha cares!

    #2 I loved Smokin’ Al taunting Thomas “no whit house for you!”

    #3 I heart #22 so ffreaking much ;)

    #4 was anyone else doing the Snoopy dance after Beagle’s goal?

  • 3jmntmutant

    Time to make a post revisiting the pie chart, perhaps? 80.8% of the media predictions are wrong, because those outcomes (Boston in 5 or 6) are impossible – and Caps in 6 isn’t even represented! 

  • Dmitry

    Hoorah!

  • Vtandrew

    What a great series! 

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I wish.

    (sad face)

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

    This is the best game re-cap of the year!!!  I’m sure that part of it is because WE WON!! :)  Soooo much happy.

  • Goosegoose35

    come on Chara getting dirty on Ovi? Remember the 4th one is the hardest to win. I am not one to bitch about officiating, but those calls were bad, have been all series. Good luck tomorrow boys, Bruins play their best with the backs against the wall. Here’s to hoping this thing goes 7. 

  • Goosegoose35

     Yea Marchand was really diving today…come one that was a terrible play by wideman. I will give you Marshmont was diving to start the series, but once Backstrom cross checked Peverly in the face, Claude called out his team saying he wants his boys not to dive and to take the hits like men, and Marchand has done just that. It’s funny no one ever gets on Backstrom or Semin when they take a dive. Any time chara hits ANY of your players they try to make it look bad and Chara gets 2 minutes for being too strong I mean roughing.

  • http://twitter.com/VeggieTart Danielle

    Johansson had a HORRIBLE game today.  Hopefully he brings it tomorrow.