Sunday, April 22, 2012

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal - Game Six

The Bruins went into Washington on Sunday afternoon with a purpose. Less than 24 hours after falling at home to their new Eastern Conference rival, Boston looked to take game six and force a game seven back at the TD Garden. That is exactly what happened. 

The Bruins defeated the Capitals in overtime with a final score of 4-3. Tyler Seguin had the game-winner 3:17 into the extra period.

Joe Corvo was out for this game as he suffered a knee injury in game five on Saturday afternoon. He was replaced by Mike Mottau. Patrice Bergeron, who was also injured in game five, was in the lineup for this one. However, he did not line up to take face-offs because of an apparent head injury. The only draw that he took was when Rich Peverley got thrown out of the dot. 

In a surprise move, Shawn Thornton was a healthy scratch in favor of Jordan Caron.

Speaking of Peverley, he had the game's first goal. After Mike Green tied things up for Washington, David Krejci got his stick on a shot and deflected the puck into the goal. Both teams continued to alternate goals right up until the final whistle in regulation. Jason Chimera (WSH), Andrew Ference (BOS), and Alex Ovechkin (WSH) had the tallies for their respective teams through the final two periods.

There was a lot of chippy and physical play during game six, something that was lacking earlier in the series. That is what happens during a seven-game series when the teams finally get under the skin of each other. Now we must wait until Wednesday night for the deciding game seven.

Take this with a grain of salt, but Tuukka Rask returned to the Bruins' bench as the backup goaltender. It may be a long shot, but with the way Tim Thomas has been playing in the playoffs it would not be a reach of we see Rask between the pipes. Again, a real long shot. 

Gold Star: Tyler Seguin (1 goal, 1 assist, plus-2 rating, 4 shots on goal)...When he is put on the hot seat, that is when he shines. His play in all three zones has been the story thus far for him in this series.

Black Star: Benoit Pouliot...It seems that all he is contributing to this team lately is mindless penalties.  

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