The Boston Bruins look to extend their lead series over the Washington Capitals tonight at TD Garden. After winning in double overtime this past Wednesday night, Boston is hoping to finally win a game in regulation. So far this series, each game has been decided by one goal.
If tonight’s game goes in overtime it would be the third time in NHL history that a Playoff series has been decided in overtime during its first few games. Both teams have placed a physical game throughout the series and things won’t let up anytime soon:
“Especially nowadays, teams are so close. Goals are at a premium. The details…they tend to win games and lose games for you. Probably lose games more than win then, I guess, if you don’t take care of them.”-Boston Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy
Boston will need to come out fast and hard as the Capitals are closer to having their full team back. Washington has been playing roulette with their goaltenders however Ilya Samsonov may get the potential nod for tonight. Vitek Vanecek is still recovering from a lower-body injury. Lars Eller is still nursing a lower-body injury and is still questionable for tonight’s game. Another key factor is that the Bruins need to avoid giving the Caps any chances on the powerplay.
Cassidy made it known he was not happy with some of the penalties the Bruins took in Game 3. The Caps will be looking to shake off Wednesday’s loss that ended with a tense tongue lashing from Captain Alex Ovechkin to goaltender Samsonov. After a casual exchange from behind the net from Samsonov to Justin Schultz, the Bruins’ Craig Smith was able to slip the puck in net thus winning the game. Despite the miscue, Samsonov had a solid outing.
For the Bruins, no lineup changes and despite a scary moment in Game 3, David Pastrnak will be fine to play. Tuukka Rask will be in net for the Bruins as they continue to compete with urgency to limit an expected push from Washington. Some key notes; Rask is one win away of making 53 post-season wins, beating Gerry Cheevers’ record. Brad Marchand is three points from his 100th NHL playoff point.
PRJOECTED LINEUP –BOSTON
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
Hall – Krejci – Smith
Ritchie – Coyle – DeBrusk
Kuraly – Lazar – Wagner
Grzelcyk – McAvoy
Reilly – Carlo
Clifton – Miller
Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Wilson
Mantha – Backstrom – Oshie
Sheary – Raffl – Carr
Hagelin – Dowd – Hathaway
Orlov – Carlson
Dillon – Schultz
Jensen – Chara
GAME TIME: Tonight, with puck drop @ 6:30 pm, TD Garden. NBCSWA, NESN, NBCSN
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