Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second

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Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com
BOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Vancouver Canucks by a 3-0 score in an important Game Four at TD Garden with the Bs trailing 2-1 in the series.1)The Bruins have owned the second period and outscored the Canucks by an 8-0 margin thus far in the Stanley Cup Finals. The third period was winning time for the Bruins during the regular season, but it looks like theyve found their happy time in the Cup Finals.2)Roberto Luongo continues to play low in his net and refuses to challenge the shooter, and the Bruins are beating the Canucks goaltender high to his glove side on a lot of shots. It appeared that Michael Ryders shot from the right circle might have ticked off Sami Salos stick on its way to the net, but Luongo looked weak with his glove hand as the puck wobbled underneath him. No faith in that catching hand at all. Marchand in Luongos face yapping at him at the end of the second period.3)Brad Marchand seemed to be finding himself during the first few games of the Finals, but hes all the way there tonight. A couple of good bids in the first, the mother of all face washes on Daniel Sedin and then he follows it up with a goal in the second period as Patrice Bergeron and Marchand both bust up the Vancouver breakout. Marchand has tied the Bs franchise record for goals scored by a rookie during the playoffs with his eight tallies.4)Dennis Seidenberg continues to show his might. Hes endured some punishment and he started throwing out some hits in the second period once the Bruins had built up a sizable lead. Hes got a game-high 16:28 of ice time, four registered hits and a plus-2 along with plenty of gritty toughness thus far. 5)I hate that Mike Felgers Captain Obvious stat about scoring three goals is holding form, but there it is. Credit where its completely due.
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Bruins rebound from 3-0 deficit but wind up losing to Caps in overtime

Bruins rebound from 3-0 deficit but wind up losing to Caps in overtime

WASHINGTON -- The Capitals didn't exactly end their overtime victory with a raucous celebration.

No, instead Washington held a players-only meeting, still salty over blowing a three-goal lead.

Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 to avert a disastrous defeat Wednesday night.

Justin Williams scored twice and Daniel Winnik also had a goal to put Washington ahead 3-0 about six minutes into the second period.

After Winnik's tally, Washington went over 26 minutes without a shot on goal. Boston dominated the final five minutes of the second period, when Dominic Moore and David Pastrnak beat goaltender Braden Holtby. Colin Miller's power-play score 8:19 into third tied it at 3-3.

Backstrom saved the day, but not the Capitals from feeling uneasy.

"In the second and third period they outplayed," Backstrom said. "We were lucky that we came up with two points. We're not satisfied at all. We're happy with the two points, but not the way we played."

The locker room remained closed for approximately 15 minutes after the win, Washington's second in a row after losing three straight.

"We had a little talking here," said T.J. Oshie, who returned to the lineup for the first time since injuring his shoulder on Nov. 18. "There are some things we've got to clean up. I think it's more of a mentality more than it is the systems or anything like that. ... Once we get a step up on someone, we have to get that mentality that we're going to finish them off."

Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin got his first point since Nov. 26.

Boston arrived in Washington 4-0-1 over its last five games with three wins in a row, including a 4-3 overtime triumph against Florida on Monday night. The Bruins outshot Washington 34-20.

"Hell of an effort. We got a big point for us. To comeback from 3-0 against Washington, it's not that easy," Pastrnak said. "Too bad we couldn't get the two points, but in this case the one point is huge for us."

Backstrom patiently waited on the right side before firing the winner past goaltender Tuukka Rask, who entered second in the league with a 1.68 goals-against average. Rask allowed three goals in his previous outing, too.

Williams had two goals over the first 24 games this season, but he matched that total less than eight minutes in against the Bruins. He redirected Kuznetsov's lofted centering pass past Rask for a 1-0 lead just 23 seconds into the first period.

"To be honest it's nice to see the puck go in the net," Williams said. "I've been pressing and working hard. Hopefully this can springboard me to some more production."

Matt Niskanen left with an upper-body injury and did not return. With the Caps down a defenseman, Boston outshot Washington 11-2 in the second period.

"In the second period, we just sort of sat back," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "It's hard to protect leads in the league."

The Capitals' second goal also occurred in front of the net. Williams emerged from a scramble with a shot that slithered under Rask.

NOTES: With his 673rd career win, Trotz passed Mike Keenan (672) for eighth place on the NHL's career wins list. ... Williams' first goal was the fastest for Washington since 2012. ... Boston assigned F Noel Acciari to the Providence Bruins two days after the 24-year forward returned to practice. Acciari injured his right leg on Nov. 7. ... Holtby improved to 10-2 career against the Bruins. His first career win came in relief against Boston in November 2010. ... The three-game season series resumes Feb. 1 in Washington.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Colorado on Thursday night.

Capitals: Play at Buffalo on Friday night.