Bruins vs. Capitals Game 2: Preview, Live Stream, Start Time, TV Schedule & More
The Bruins won Game 1 on a Chris Kelly overtime goal that broke a scoreless tie in a thrilling battle highlighted by physical play all over the ice.
Will the Capitals win Game 2?
Boston's great defensive play prevented the Capitals from creating many quality scoring chances in Game 1, and if the Washington offense doesn't figure out the Bruins defense, this series will be over quickly.
The Capitals cannot struggle to score and put too much pressure on goaltender Braden Holtby to dominate again in what will be his second career playoff start on Saturday.
Let's look at a complete preview of Game 2.
When: Saturday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Mass.
Bruins (Via ESPN Boston)
Goalie Tuukka Rask and defenseman Adam McQuaid won't dress for the Bruins in Game 2. Both are improving however.
Tomas Vokoun: Groin injury, didn't play in Game 1
Michal Neuvirth: Leg injury, didn't play in Game 1
What They're Saying
Capitals forward Brooks Laich talked about what his team needs to do to win Game 2 on Saturday:
We have to attack more nets. Halfway through the second we were still stuck at five shots. We need to get more shots on net but in the third period we did a better job of that. Keep getting pucks deep, try and wear down their defensemen and attack more nets.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand talked about slowing the Capitals' skill with physical play after Game 1:
They have a ton of skill and the way to kind of slow them down is to be physical and we have a physical team and when we’re playing that way, we’re playing our best hockey.
It’s something we want to establish early and continue to build off it.
Key Matchup: Zdeno Chara vs. Alexander Ovechkin
The key matchup for Game 1 is the same in Game 2. Capitals star forward Alexander Ovechkin had zero shots against Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara in the series opener, which can't happen again if Washington expects to steal Saturday's game.
Ovechkin must find a way to score when Chara is on the ice or the Capitals are in major trouble. With Alexander Semin struggling to find any offense of late, Ovechkin has to carry the team from a scoring standpoint.
Prediction: Bruins win 2-1
It's hard to imagine Holtby having another amazing performance with his team staring at a possible 0-2 series deficit heading home.
The Bruins offense will improve in Game 2, and it will help them earn another big victory over the Capitals on Saturday.
All quotes obtained firsthand.
Nicholas Goss is a Boston Bruins Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and has covered the team firsthand throughout the season. He was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston.
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