The Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 tonight to even their best of seven playoff series at two games apiece.
Braden Holtby was the story again for the Washington Capitals, as he stopped another 44 shot barrage from the Boston Bruins and made a terrific save in the last second of the game to preserve the 2-1 win. IN all likelihood, even if the last second goal would have gone in, it likely would not have counted, given the fact that clock failed to start for over two seconds. That doesn't take away from the brilliance of Holtby in net. The young net minder has been an incredible stalwart between the pipes.
Marcus Johansson put the Capitals on top very early in the first period at the 1:22 mark on a two on one break with Brooks Laich. It was Johansson's first playoff goal this season. Rich Peverely evened the game up at the 13:12 mark of the first period to send the game to a 1-1 tie at the end of the first intermission. Caps should have considered themselves lucky to head to the lockers at 1-1, they were out shot int he period 14-3.
Alexander Semin nailed the game winner int he second period on the Capitals power play. It was his second tally of the series.
The Caps and Bruins skated to a scoreless third period, but it was ripe with heavy hitting and nifty goal tending. The Capitals did have their opportunities as they caught Tim Thomas off guard and out of position several times in the second and third periods, but were unable to bury the puck in the net. Meanwhile, Holtby made some dazzling saves to save face for the Caps. For the Caps, they can thank a little but of Braden Holtby for evening up this series.
The series now shifts back to Boston and a Saturday at 3:00PM.