February 5, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Capitals

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 2
WSH - 0

SHOTS
BOS - 21
WSH - 21

After a scoreless second period, the Bruins are headed to the third up 2-0 over the Caps down in Washington.

Washington outshot Boston 10-9 in the middle frame as both teams had their fair share of quality chances.

The Bruins' best bid came halfway through a power play after Alex Semin went for hooking at 7:06. David Krejci sent a gorgeous saucer pass across the offensive zone to Lucic, who immediately put the puck on net on Vokoun's right side. But the Capitals netminder was right in perfect position to make the crucial stop.

Patrice Bergeron went to the box for interference at 18:20. Washington will begin the third with 20 ticks of PP time.

Bergeron has won 10-of-15 (67%) faceoffs thus far, while Krejci has been successful on 6-of-9 (67%).

Dennis Wideman has a game-high five shots on net. He's minus-1 in 15:51 of ice time (also a game-high).

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 2
WSH - 0

SHOTS
BOS - 12
WSH - 11

Twenty minutes are in the books down at Verizon Center where the Bruins lead the Capitals 2-0.

Boston got off to a dominant start, outshooting the Caps 6-1 in the early-going.

The Black and Gold cashed in at the 10:45 mark on a stellar 2-on-2. Rich Peverley and Milan Lucic crossed the blue line with two defenders ready to engage them. Lucic drove to the net but Dennis Wideman didn't follow him. Peverley flipped a beautiful pass through to No. 17, who was all alone in front. He beat Tomas Vokoun on the forehand to make it 1-0.

Later in the opening frame, a loose puck popped out to Joel Ward right at the top of the crease. Before he could get fire it on goal, Johnny Boychuk made a great play to thwart his shot with stick check.

With roughly two minutes left in the period, Tim Thomas came up with a huge stop on a breakaway by Alex Semin.

Less than a minute later, Patrice Bergeron won a battle behind the net and chipped the puck in Brad Marchand's direction. His backhander beat Vokoun to the far side, making it 2-0.

Matt Hendricks got an extra roughing call when he and Adam McQuaid (referred to by Pierre McGuire as "one tough cookie") dropped the gloves. Boston couldn't cash in but will begin the second with 46 seconds of power-play time to work with.

Alex Ovechkin led the Caps with three shots in the first period. Tyler Seguin had a team-high of four for Boston.