Bruins-Capitals: 15 thoughts

Bruins-Capitals: 15 thoughts
April 27, 2013, 7:45 pm
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WASHINGTON DC – Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Washington Capitals by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes of action at the Verizon Center.
 
1)    Four shots between Milan Lucic and David Krejci, and they were able to account for half of the team’s eight shots for the period. They also got on the board on a face-off play they’ve run a million times with Krejci winning the face-off against Mike Ribeiro, and Lucic ready in shooting position just behind them. Lucic’s shot ticked off Karl Alzner’s skate and skidded past Braden Holtby for his second goal in 12 games during the month of April.
 
2)    Great period for Tuukka Rask, who turned away 12 shots including a partial Marcus Johansson breakaway backhander after Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg took each other out near the blue line. Washington had a lot of really good chances in the first half of the period when they stormed the Boston defense.
 
3)    Took 30 minutes to play a 20-minute first period for the Bruins and Capitals. No penalties and furious back-and-forth action. That is a beautiful thing as it took the same length of time as the first inning to the Red Sox game. That says quite a bit about both sports.
 
4)    Three blocked shots for Carl Soderberg in 5:36 of ice time, which might be the strangest stat I’ve seen this week. He is skating with more confidence and jump, but he’s got to start winning battles as a 6-foot-3, 225-pound forward. He couldn’t take the puck from Mike Green behind the Washington net when it was just the two of them, and that’s a battle he needs to win for puck possession if he wants to be effective in the playoffs.
 
5)    Pretty good recovery for the Bruins after getting stormed in the first 10 minutes of the game.

THIRD PERIOD

WASHINGTON DC – Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins tied up with the Washington Capitals at a 2-2 score after the first 60 minutes of action at the Verizon Center, and headed for overtime.
 
1)    Brad Marchand and Alex Ovechkin aren’t going to be exchanging Christmas cards anytime soon. Ended up in an altercation toward the end of the third period with both players getting matching penalties after it looked like Marchand caught a high stick behind the play on the shift.
 
2)    Mike Green with 12 goals scored this season to lead all NHL defensemen, and the Washington Capitals finally again where they should be leading the league in power play efficiency. I always wondered how they could possibly be so bad on the PP last season under Bruce Boudreau/Dale Hunter.
 
3)    Bruins have blown third period leads in eight games this season. Brutal, after having not lost a single game when leading going into the third period last season.
 
4)    Tuukka Rask running really hot on the first goal allowed in the third period. Looked like Zdeno Chara skated in front of him just as Mike Green was about to shoot, but Rask has to find a way to track that puck from just inside the blueline.
 
5)    Bad penalty taken by Rich Peverley in the third period to hand Washington their second power play goal. Wasn’t a great call, but you can’t open things up for the refs to even call that.

SECOND PERIOD

WASHINGTON DC – Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Washington Capitals by a 2-0 score after the first 40 minutes of action at the Verizon Center.
 
1)    Bruins haven’t given up a goal since the five goals allowed debacle on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, and Tuukka Rask hasn’t surrendered a goal in a game he started in over a week, dating back to the April 20 matinee against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
 
2)    Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference both dropped their gloves to show some passion and emotion in Thursday night’s win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, and both players have been rewarded with the goals in tonight’s game vs. Washington. There’s some really nice work going on there by the hockey gods.
 
3)    Rich Peverley had the solid drop-back pass to a trailing Andrew Ference for Boston’s second period goal, and helped snap a seven game scoring drought for No. 49 in the process. It’s been a real struggle for Peverley this season, and he needs to produce more if he’s going to skate with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.
 
4)    A goal and an assist for Milan Lucic tonight for his fourth multi-point game this season, and his first involving a goal. Only one hit, though, and he hasn’t been quite as physical as he was on Thursday night. Would really like to see a marriage of both at this point in the season, but he’s really good his good skating legs against the Caps.
 
5)    Good defensive play by Tyler Seguin in front of the net as he lifted Mathieu Perreault’s stick when the Washington forward was camped alone in front with a scoring chance. Seguin bugged him enough to force the shot off to the left of the net. Seguin also leads the Bruins with four shots on net.