March 29, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Capitals

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
WSH - 0
BOS - 0

SHOTS
BOS - 7
WSH - 2

Twenty minutes are in the books at the Garden where the Bruins and Capitals are scoreless.

It was a wildly uneventful period until the 14:00 mark. Jason Chimera charged in behind the Bruins' net and obliterated Adam McQuaid.

Along with some assistance from Greg Zanon and trainer Don DelNegro, McQuaid was helped off the ice and immediately headed down the tunnel holding his face.

Chimera was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct, sending Boston on a lengthy power play. The B's put four pucks on net during the man advantage but couldn't cash in.

Late in the first, starter Tomas Vokoun subtly suffered an apparent injury, causing coach Dale Hunter to send Michal Neuvirth in to replace him. Vokoun had missed the previous five tilts with a groin injury. 

PREGAME NOTES

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Thomas (33-19-0, 2.39 GAA, .920 Save %) vs.
Vokoun (25-17-2, 2.53 GAA, .916 Save %). Thomas is 14-5-2 with a 2.49
GAA and .924 Save % with one shutout in 22 career games against WSH.
Vokoun is 7-10-3 with a 2.66 GAA and .926 Save % with two shutouts in 21
career games against BOS.

SEIDENBERG OUT: Dennis Seidenberg will miss tonight’s game due to an
infection resulting from a cut that occurred during Saturday’s game in
Los Angeles He is listed as day-to-day. Joe Corvo - who has been a
healthy scratch the last six games - will replace Seidenberg in the
lineup tonight.

WIN AND THEY’RE IN: The Bruins will clinch a playoff spot tonight
with any win (regulation or OT).

CAPITALS NOTEBOOK: The Caps come to Boston with two wins in their last
seven games, and sit two points behind Buffalo for the eighth and final
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference… Washington dropped a 5-1
decision to the Sabres in their last game on Tuesday… Alex Ovechkin was
named the NHL’s First Star for the week ending March 25, with 6-1=7
totals… The Capitals have gone 4-2-0 in their last six games in Boston,
including a 4-3 win on March 10 at TD Garden. Washington has outscored
Boston 19-15 during that span and tallied four goals in four of those
six contests.