Game in a Sentence:
It was like game one with more goals as the Capitals evened up the series against their combatants from Beantown thanks to more solid goaltending and some timely scoring.
- The Capitals needed Ovechkin to generate more offence and he did today. Ovie kept up his physicality and got more scoring chances – some have him recorded as the most on the team – in comparison to a very quiet game one offensively.
- Braden Holtby was solid once again, making several key stops down the stretch in regulation to fend off the Bruins who pressed late. He kept that going in overtime and outside of a couple rebound control issues that the B’s couldn’t capitalize on, he was impeccable.
- The Bruins had a much harder time getting into the good offensive spots today as the Caps were very effective at clogging up the middle of the zone. Most of their shots came from further out than they did in game one when they had plenty of opportunities.
- Dennis Seidenberg ought to be officially nicknamed “The Panzer” because he is equal parts German and Tank. He was very underrated prior to last season’s Cup run and has been arguably the Bruins best in the series.
- The Caps needed to make more of an effort to annoy Tim Thomas who has been known to get frustrated and I was happy with how they went about it. I cited Troy Brouwer as an X Factor after last game and if he continues to play a role in front of the net, the Caps will continue to have a chance.
- Speaking of getting Thomas annoyed, yes his punch on Backstrom should have been a penalty.
- Speaking of penalties, yes the officiating as a whole needs to be much, much better. There’s a difference between letting teams play and not calling deserved penalties. Today was the latter.
- Thomas made some excellent saves in the first overtime to deter the Caps who looked really good in the extra frame.
- Unfortunately he didn’t look so good in the second overtime frame. Simply put, the Capitals’ game winner can’t be beating you under the arm in a sudden death period. Good on Backstrom for creating chances but Thomas has to make that stop.
- Game three will be very interesting.
My Three Stars:
1) Braden Holtby
2) Tim Thomas
3) Nicklas Backstrom