Greasy goals, lucky bounces, and flying bodies are highlighted throughout tonight’s matchup against two physical teams. Seconds after puck drop, the Capitals wasted no time in solidifying their stance on the ice as they quickly went after the Boston Bruins. By the second period, the Bruins were more than happy to throw their weight around.
Washington struck first as Tom Wilson wristed one past Tuukka Rask stemming from a missed scoring chance by Charlie McAvoy after a shattered stick. Meanwhile, both TJ Oshie and Daniel Sprong were credited with the assists. At 13:10 Jake DeBrusk would snipe the puck past Vitek Vanecek, forcing the goaltender to make an awkward split in the net.
Meanwhile, Vanecek left shortly after the goal while limping down the tunnel. Craig Anderson would step in for the rest of the game. Missed opportunities with the man advantage for the Bruins as John Carlson received a delay of game penalty(puck over glass). Justin Smoltz was also called for tripping against Taylor Hall. The first period would end on a tie as the Bruins registered seven shots to Washington’s 11 shots on goal.
LET’S GET PHYSICAL
Boston stepped up their physical play in the second period as they hustled towards the net. and despite spending a lot of time down Washington’s end, the Caps regained the lead. Defenseman Brenden Dillon fired the puck that seemingly bounced off Bruins Jeremy Lauzon’s stick, making the score 2-1. Dmitry Orlov recieved a penalty for Hi-sticking against David Pastrnak giving the Bruins their third powerplay of the night. Nick Ritchie would deflect a Pastrnak shot as the puck trickled in, tying the game 2-2 on the man advantage.
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
Michael Raffl received a penalty for tripping against Taylor Hall giving the Boston Bruins their fourth powerplay of the night. There was no lack of energy from either team as there were plenty of scoring chances that just didn’t connect. With no additional goals, the game would head to overtime, and minutes into the extra game play, Nic Dowd would redirect TJ Oshie’s shot that hit Rask square in the chest. Unfortunately for the Bruins, the puck trickled in between his legs, giving the Caps the win 3-2.
END OF GAME SCORE: BOS-2, WSH-3 (OT WIN)
TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-26, WSH-32
NEXT GAME FIRST ROUND PLAYOFFS: Monday, May 17th with puck drop at 7:30 PM, NBCSN, NBCSWA, NESN
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