Well we’re shipping up to Boston one more time, and this time the series is on the line for both teams. The Caps came into Sunday afternoon’s game against the Bruins leading three games to two in the series, but couldn’t quite close out the series at home, falling behind three times and tying up the score three times, only to lose in the overtime frame.
The game itself seemed to be a microcosm of the series in general. One team would get momentum, only to see the other come roaring back. After the Bruins took the lead in the first period, the Caps absolutely dominated the second, outshooting and outhitting the Bruins by wide margins.
The Caps got help from two of their stars, with Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin contributing their first and second playoff goals, respectively. Jason Chimera also scored his first goal of the playoffs on a two-on-one breakaway to tie the game at two with under a minute left to play in the second period.
Rookie goaltender Braden Holtby was stellar in net yet again. Despite the four goals against him on the scoreboard, Several of the goals were more the result of lucky bounces or blown defensive coverage, especially on the part of Dennis Wideman, who looked absolutely lost at times on the ice. Holtby did shoulder the blame for the overtime goal, noting that “it’s a save I want to make,” and that he might have been overly aggressive challenging Tyler Seguin.
So, after two games two days, the Capitals will make the trip to Boston one last time, with the season on the line. The first six games of the series have all been decided by one goal (an NHL first), so look for Wednesday night’s tilt to feature more close, tight hockey. As Matt Hendricks said in the locker room after the loss Sunday evening, “[we’ve] already seen them six times; I don’t think anything’s going to change.”