Saturday, April 14, 2012

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal - Game Two

Game one took overtime to decide the winner. In a foreshadowing of things to come, game two would also take overtime to decide a winner...two overtimes to be exact.

The Washington Capitals tied the series up by stealing a victory on the road against the Bruins on Saturday afternoon. Nicklas Backstrom beat Tim Thomas for the game winner at 2:56 of the second overtime with a back-hand shot. Thomas finished with 37 saves. His counterpart, Braden Holtby, looked like a veteran netminder in this one, stopping 43 Bruins shots.

Boston had the clear advantage in the early going. They had the better scoring chances and slowly started to wear down the Caps' defense. Yet, they could not find the back of the net.

With the Capitals leading 1-0 on a garbage goal scored by Troy Brouwer, the Bruins took back control once again. Benoit Pouliot tied the game up on assists from Brian Rolston and Chris Kelly. The B's third line has now accounted for both goals through two games in this series.

A great defensive effort put up by the Bruins was all for nothing. With the series tied at one game each, this match-up will resume in Washington for game three on Monday night.

Gold Star: Tim Thomas (37 saves on 39 shots, 2 goals allowed, .949 save percentage).

Black Star: David Krejci...He finished with a minus-1 and went 1-for-8 at the face-off dot. His play thus far has been boarder-line embarrassing.

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