April 12, 2012

Game 1: Bruins vs. Capitals

THIRD INTERMISSION

SCORE
WSH - 0
BOS - 0

SHOTS
WSH - 16
BOS - 29

Hey remember when the Bruins were getting chance after chance after chance, while the Capitals were doign squat? Well, the two teams reversed roles in the third period.

Boston took nearly half the frame to finally put a puck on Holtby after testing him 26 times in the first two periods. They finished the period with just three shots on goal.

Washington, meanwhile, forced Thomas to make a number of astonishing stops in the third period, during which No. 30 made nine saves.

Despite their total inability to do anything offensively, Boston's limited number of chances were certainly high quality. Chris Kelly looked like he was going to breeze by every defender and tuck one past Holtby, but the center lost control of the puck when cutting across the crease.

Later, David Krejci slipped a pass from behind the net in front to an open Milan Lucic. No. 17 fanned on the golden opportunity.

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
WSH - 0
BOS - 0

SHOTS
WSH - 7
BOS - 26

Two periods are in the books here at the Garden where the Bruins and Capitals somehow remain scoreless.

Boston somehow out-shot the Washington by an absurd 17-2 margin in the middle frame, but Holtby was simply superb.

The netminder and his fellow PK'ers survived a daunting 4-on-3 in which the Bruins had umpteen glimmering opportunities to get on the board. 

However, the Bruins shot themselves in the foot a few times too, as they seemed to have remarkable trouble handling the puck on multiple occasions.

On the stat-sheet, the Capitals have actually won 22-of-38 draws. Boston holds a 24-23 edge in hits.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
WSH - 0
BOS - 0

SHOTS
WSH - 5
BOS - 9

The first twenty minutes of playoff hockey are in the books here at TD Garden where the Bruins and Capitals are scoreless.

The B's had their legs right from the get-go and had a few bids in the early going, outshooting Washington 4-0 in the first five-or-so minutes of the contest.

The Caps' best chance of the period came when David Krejci was in the box for foolishly boarding Dennis Wideman. Nicklas Backstrom rifled a shot from the point which a screened Tim Thomas stopped with his left pad. 

Braden Holtby didn't have to make any spectacular saves in the opening frame, but will have to deal with 2:27 of Bruins' PP time at the start of the second, as Jay Beagle earned a double-minor for high-sticking Krejci.

Things are bound to be even more intense in the middle frame as the animosity soared exponentially in the first period. There were plenty of jolting hits dished out, including a few thunderous checks by Zdeno Chara on Alex Ovechkin.