We knew this was going to be a goalie match with the likes of Tuuka Rask in one end for the Bruins and Braden Holtby at the other end for the Caps. Oh and T.J. Oshie returned to the line-up tonight, although he took a puck to the shin and was seen limping off at the end of the first period. He stayed in but fans were a little worried. The Caps determined early n the first period that they were going to control the ice and the scoring. Then they took a break during the second. They did even worse in the third allowing the Bruins to tie it up. But they pulled it out in OT which is all that matters right???
By the end of the game the Caps would be down a defenseman and showing some real vulnerabilities in defense, shooting, and scoring. Yes, we are concerned now.
HOLY CRAP WILLIAMS! Sorry but that was what everyone was saying (or something like that) when Justin “Stick” Williams took advantage of some Russian play from Ovechkin and Kuznetsov to tip in the puck 23 seconds YES 23 SECONDS into the first period. And with 12.02 left in the period, WILLIAMS sneaks once past Rask making it 2-0
Williams Caps! This Ovi Kuzy Stick thing is working pretty good so far. Lars Eller was called for a hooking penalty but while in the box Patrice Bergeron SLAMS Matt Niskanen into the boards, snapping his neck back. Nisky went off the ice for evaluation and BadBoy Bergeron gets a boarding penalty. Lets hope this is looked at more carefully tomorrow. Period ends with the Caps leading in shots on goal (SOG) 13-10 and 2-0 in goals.
On a side note – there was lots of justified griping outside of Verizon as fans struggled to get in the building with many missing that first goal. This is NOT a good thing.
Second period started pretty slow…three SOG between the two teams until Daniel Winnik, with a little help from Jay Beagle, makes it 3-0. Caps go on another power play with about 13 minutes left in the period,but no luck. Boston goes to the power play next but is unable to get one past Holtby. With just over three minutes left, Dominic Moore gets a sneaky goal off the face-off. And two and a half minutes later they light the lamp again at the hands of David Pastrnak; 3-2 Caps. This would end the 3rd period scoring with the Caps only getting off two SOG compared to the 11 from the Bruins.
Third period we heard that Nisky would be out for the remainder of the game and be further evaluated on Thursday. With that the Caps apparently quit playing. Bruins kept the second period momentum going. Another scrum after Tom hit Blidh and ended up with an interference penalty on Wilson and a roughing call for Jay Beagle matching with Dominic Moore of the Bruins. Colin Miller would tie it up on the PP.
Finally with 7:34 Caps get a SOG–hadn’t done that since the second period. With six minutes left Rask sends the puck out and over the glass for a delay of game penalty. Oh but wait, the Bruins challenged the call because basically the Caps were credited a SOG and you can’t have both, so they withdrew the penalty. And down in front of Holtby the teams went into fight mode again. They were pretty good with that this period! Karl Alzner would take a shot off his leg and headed down the tunnel but whew, he returned. And we go to OT as the Caps end the period with a sad four SOG. That’s a total of 34 for the Bruins and 19 for the Caps in regulation. Unimpressive.
OT goes three on three for five minutes. Verizon stayed loud sending energy down to the Caps. And with a smooth transition down the ice Backstrom did what he said fans have been yelling at him: he shot and scored ending the game with two points for the Caps.
Perfect ending for an awful game. 4-3 Caps.