Chara in the back of a picture is still taller than Holtby

Game in a Sentence:

Tyler Seguin picked a brilliant time to snap his playoff goal drought as he scored in overtime to push the Bruins past the Capitals in game six and send the series back to Boston for the B’s fifth consecutive fourth playoff game seven in their last five series.

Observations:

- This series has definitely been the most entertaining of the postseason and has had a little bit of everything to this point in time.

- There was uncertainty surrounding the Bruins today as we were unsure if Joe Corvo and Patrice Bergeron would be suiting up. Bergeron did, but he was clearly well below 100%. He played the game in obvious discomfort and sat out some key situations.

- I feel a little silly that a day after praising Alex Semin he follows it up with his worst game of the series. He didn’t generate much offensively, didn’t look comfortable with the puck and was a liability at times in his own ends. No more praise so he goes back to playing well.

- The goals scored in the first period are typical of what will need to happen in game seven as these two ‘tenders don’t seem to want to give much away. Lots of traffic in front of the net and low shots that can be tipped past will need to be on display. Take their ability to get square to the puck out of the equation and try to find a gap in their lateral movement. Every goal scored in the first was an example of that approach.

- I noticed Dennis Wideman and John Erskine are still on the same defensive pairing. As I pointed out yesterday, this is an unmitigated disaster for any team. They can’t play together, simple as that.

- This was definitely the best game of the series for David Krejci who hasn’t looked totally there since being flattened by the Kool-Aid man. A goal and an assist for the guy who quietly lead the playoffs in scoring last year.

- I think Karl Alzner and John Carlson have the potential to turn in to Washington’s equivalent to the Keith-Seabrook tandem Chicago relies on so heavily. Alzner is a big strong shut down guy, and Carlson is a deceptively strong player in his own end with lots of skill. The Caps defence will be in good hands with them.

- I think Roman Hamrlik, despite the conflicts we saw a bit earlier this year with the team, has settled in nicely along the blueline. He made several good, calm plays to prevent Bruins scoring chances in this game and has been one of the best Washington defenders all series long.

- Milan Lucic played well in this game but I’d still like to see more from him. I don’t know what it is about this guy but for someone who has shown he can be a big, strong, dominant power forward he really tends to disappear for stretches. He needs to have a big game seven.

- Tyler Seguin has been as snakebitten a player as you’re going to see since the playoffs have started. He generated a go-ahead goal with a good chance, earning a rebound which Andrew Ference put home. Then he capitalized on a turnover and showed good patience to beat Holtby to win it in overtime. It was just a matter of time before he snapped out of it.

- Braden Holtby put in yet another gem of a game, though perhaps he wasn’t tested enough as the Capitals outshot the Bruins for the second time this series and, go figure, they lost for the second time. It’s hard to fault him for any of the Bruins goals that were scored and he kept Washington in it all game long. We’ll see how he comes back in game seven.

- Tim Thomas looked much more like his old self in game six as he turned aside 36 shots and made several key stops. He was fortunate on a couple bounces, particularly late in the game, but this was ultimately his best game of the series by far. I thought he needed to step up after game five and he did just that. The Caps will need to get back in his face in game seven and hope to shake him up a bit.

- Even with a good performance today, I still have this gut feeling that tells me the Caps are going to take this series. I’m very excited to see how it plays out.

My Three Stars:

1) Tyler Seguin
2) Tim Thomas
3) David Krejci

Comments (5)

  1. It’s the Bruins third consecutive game seven, not fifth. They swept the Flyers in the second round last year.

    • Whoops. My bad there, good catch. Got my Flyers/Sabres and Flyers/Bruins series backwards.

      Fixed.

  2. Game 7 in Boston…I’ll give the edge to the Bruins, but if Ovi comes out like he did in game 6 and the 3rd/4th liners chip in…it would not surprise me to see the Capitals win. Can’t wait.

  3. This Series is over and we’ll see both the Stanley Cup champion and the finalist leave as a result. lets see
    1. it took an overtime to beat Holtby who was by his standard average and to the normal observer pretty good
    2. Boston has for the most part dictated the game in Boston and have lost two out of the three there.
    3. the Caps are in game seven despite that Semin has been the better Alexander instead of Ovechkin
    4. Holtby has been sparkling at the Garden so what’s gonna stop him from having another 2010 Halak type of game and it’s not like Boston has been tearing it up scoring wise.
    5. I might be still naive but the Ovechkin that woke up in the third period in game 6 can still have one more vintage Ovi “I’m the best player in the series and I’ll prove it” game in Boston.

  4. Wait a minute, where’s the bullet about Backstrom not backchecking, losing his man on the Bruin’s goal where Semin was stripped of the puck in the act of shooting? Where’s the bullet about Backstrom’s terrible pass that led directly to the OT GWG? You pick on Semin who had only his second penalty of the series and one during which our PK failed. If the PK hadn’t failed, it would not even be mentioned. Seems the Bruins also scored when Knuble was in the box the other night.

    Semin was creating offensively, but neither Jojo nor Aucoin could finish on perfect set up passes.

    I like Backstrom as much as anyone, but amazing how he gets a pass for being pretty responsible for 2 goals, and nary a mention here. So Semin was a liability in his own end, but Backstrom was not? Semin had his man (Krejci) on the goal after Semin was stripped; Backstrom coasted in.

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