April 16, 2012

Game 3: Bruins vs. Capitals

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 2
WSH - 2

SHOTS
BOS - 19
WSH - 21

Two periods have been completed down in D.C. where the Bruins and Capitals are knotted up at two goals apiece.

Rich Peverley got the B's on the board 35 seconds into the frame, as his snap shot from out near the top of the left circle went off Braden Holtby's glove and into the back of the net.

The two teams were tied 1-1 for just 13 seconds. Brooks Laich sent Alex Ovechkin breaking in on the right side. His shot deflected off d-man Dennis Seidenberg's stick and past Thomas to put the Caps back in the lead.

With 10:22 to go, a shot from the point by Greg Zanon produced a rebound. Dan Paille pounced on it, stickhandled briefly from left to right and tucked a backhander past Holtby to make it 2-2.

With a little more than two minutes to go in the period, Jason Chimera sent a backhanded pass from the behind the net to Jay Beagle right in the slot. Thomas' came up with a huge stop to keep things tied.

Boston did a much better job of getting shots through in the second period. Blocked shots are even at 12 apiece. The Bruins hold a 42-23 edge in hits.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 0
WSH - 1

SHOTS
BOS - 8
WSH - 7

Twenty minutes are in the books down at Verizon Center where the Capitals lead the visiting Bruins by a score of 1-0.

Alex Semin, who committed a tripping penalty 1:14 into the contest, tallied with four minutes to go in the first period. Washington was on the power play with Zdeno Chara in the box.

Semin's shot, from right between the tops of the circles, seemed to either deflect as it sailed through Andy Ference's legs or perhaps it just made it hard for Thomas to track it. 

Mass. native Keith Aucoin went to the box with 17:22 gone for tripping Joe Corvo, immediately after Corvo fell asleep carrying the puck over the blue line, whiffed on a pass then just seemed to fall down.

Boston couldn't do much on the power play, as there were a tons of bodies blocking their shooting path. The B's put two shots on goal during the man advantage.

At the end of the frame, things got testy. Milan Lucic and Nick Backstrom started going after one another until a full fledged grabbing/shoving match began. The highlight was Chara putting Mike Green in a headlock.