April 22, 2012

Game 6: Bruins vs. Capitals

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 2
WSH - 2

SHOTS
BOS - 16
WSH - 25

Two periods have been completed down at Verizon Center where the Capitals and Bruins are knotted up at two goals apiece.

Tim Thomas absolutely stood on his head and stole the show for most of the period, stopping 14-of-15 shots.

The highlight came on a diving, stick save on Marcus Johansson right near the post in a sequence highly similar to when Thomas robbed Steve Downie in the Eastern Conference finals.

Unfortunately Washington finally found a way to put one past No. 30 with 42 ticks left. Jason Chimera hit Brad Marchand near the Capitals' blue line, leaving the Boston winger down on the ice and with a bloody lip. The embellishment on Marchand's behalf is debatable, but there's no denying that it should've been an interference call at the very least.

Chimera then charged up the ice and tapped in a cross-crease feed from Nick Backstrom to knot things up.

When Patrice Bergeron was whistled for high-sticking earlier in the period, Holtby left for the extra attacker. The problem? Two extra attackers came on yet, once again, the refs failed to figure this out.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 2
WSH - 1

SHOTS
BOS - 11
WSH - 10

Twenty minutes are in the books down in D.C. where the Bruins lead the Capitals by a score of 2-1.

For the second time in this series -- the first since Chris Kelly's OT strike in Game 1 -- the Bruins opened the scoring.

Rich Peverley was in the slot and redirected a shot from the point by Andy Ference past Braden Holtby to make it 1-0 Boston with 5:56 gone.

Mike Green answered at the 9:47 mark. Greg Campbell went down to block his shot, but the defenseman waited him out then fired one off Greg Zanon's leg (haven't heard that one before) and past Tim Thomas to tie things up.

With Alex Semin off for hooking Ference, the Bruins went on the power play and reclaimed the lead with 3:12 to go. Milan Lucic fed a pass in front that David Krejci was able to get a piece of and squeak past Holtby to make it 2-1.

Boston held a 22-14 edge in hits in the opening frame. The two teams won 15 faceoffs apiece. Patrice Bergeron took zero draws due to the undisclosed injury he suffered in Game 5. Mike Mottau replaced an injured Joe Corvo on the bottom pairing alongside Zanon.