The Washington Capitals had to come back from a disappointing loss the other day at the hands of the Boston Bruins when Chris Kelly scored the only goal on Bradan Holtby in overtime. Other than that lone goal, Holtby was playing pretty solid, as was his Bruins counterpart, Tim Thomas.
The Bruins held it together through experience and from the play by play. The Bruins did outplay and out-shoot the Capitals, but outplaying an opponent doesn't always mean a notch in the win column.
Last night, Holtby played a stellar game and yet again allowed only one goal in regulation. Thomas' shutout streak going back to last year's playoff run ended just over 161 minutes with a goal by Troy Brouwer early in the middle frame.
Benoit Puliot scored the tying goal in the third to earn his first NHL career playoff goal.
That forced the game to overtime, but it solved nothing.
In double overtime, it was Nicklas Backstrom that was the hero with a snap shot after a massive scrum in front of the Bruins' net, making the series a best of five.
While Thomas played a stellar game making 37 saves on the day, Holtby made 43 to keep the Caps in the game and get the win.
Bruins coach Claude Julien was not happy with the effort applied by his team:
"The proof is the overtime goal," he said. "We win the draw; they outmuscle us to get the puck, they get a good second effort to get into the scoring area and score a goal."
On the replay, you can see that the puck hopped over Johnny Boychuk's stick and went to Marcus Johansson, who quickly centered the puck to Backstrom. The scramble at the net was not the most organized by the Bruins.
The Game 3 matchup will be held at Verizon Center at the nation's capital on Monday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. EST.
Hang on tight because I think this may be a loooong series.
This is Cory Ducey saying "Hit Hard, But Keep It Clean".