Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins Game 5 Recap

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins Game 5 Recap
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Game 5 of the Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins series was one of the most emotionally taxing games possible for fans of either team.

Equal parts exhilaration and frustration, Game 5 was filled with dramatic momentum shifts, adrenaline-fueled-end-to-end action, the highest of highs followed by the lowest of lows and enough memorable moments for two games.

It was a game that saw a team finally take a two-goal lead—only to watch it vanish almost immediately.

It was a game that saw Tim Thomas not only look human, but also look very average.

It was a game that saw the Bruins power play finally find pay dirt.

When the dust settled, however, Game 5 was a game the Caps won on a very late goal to push the defending Stanley Cup champions to the brink of elimination.

How did we get here? How did we get to the point where the Caps can eliminate the Bruins on Sunday, in Game 6, in Washington DC?

Lets take a look at eight memorable moments from the gem that was Game 5.

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