Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the third

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Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the third

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

VANCOUVER Here are five thoughts from the third period of the Bruins' 1-0 loss to the Canucks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

1) There were a couple of great stops by Tim Thomas on Jannik Hansen and Maxim Lapierre in the third period, and a fortunate bounce off the crossbar on an Alex Edler bid. The Stanley Cup Final was billed as a war of two elite goaltenders and that's exactly what it was in Game 1.

2) I really don't like Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg getting broken up against the Canucks. Tough to argue against the move in a scoreless game, but the B's were 12-4 in the playoff after putting them together. Tough to argue that...but it gets a lot easier when Johnny Boychuk coughts it up for the game-winner to Raffi Torres.

3) Love the Odds as house band at Rogers Arena playing '70s rock classics to get the crowd going. "Raise a Little Hell" by Trooper is a hockey arena staple.

4) Ryan Kesler was very quiet in Game 1 until making the secondary assist on Torres' goal.

5) Figures in a game where so much attention has been placed on the top lines and top defensemen of both teams that a guy like Raffi Torres scores the goal. All about the role players in the playoffs.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

WASHINGTON - Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead 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.

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.

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

Boston outshot Washington 34-20. The Capitals have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.