Sunday, 22 April 2012

Caps Beat Bruins 4-3, Can Close Out Series Today

The Caps celebrate the win
This game was everything we ever wanted, a win in Boston. The Caps need one more win to advance to the semi finals, most likely to face the Rangers or the winner of the Flyers - Pens series. Having won the last two games (the only time a side in this series has won two in a row), the Caps have a lot of momentum on their side. Plus, the Bruins were 6-8-2 in regular season matinee games (3 of those coming in shootout.)

- Coming into Game 6, Holtby has stopped 175 of 185 shots, for a save percentage of .946. Despite giving up three goals in the game, he still stopped 34 shots, whilst Thomas had a save percentage of .875.
- There was no scoring in the first, mainly because of some great saves at both ends.
- The lamp was lit for the first time midway through the second period by Semin, whacking it in from the crease.
- It only took the Caps a couple more minutes to go 2-0 up, with Beagle scoring on a soft shot that Thomas failed to control.
At this point, I arrived back home having been out at an Indian restaurant. My tweets will show you what happened next...

- Yep, the Bruins scored twice to tie it. Seidenberg and Marchand scored within thirty seconds. The game was tied at the second intermission.
- I don't know what Dale Hunter said in the locker room, but it worked. Freed Knuble scored three minutes in on a great team play.
- But it only took five minutes for Johnny Boychuck to tie it with a, to his credit, great slapshot. (True story, I almost bought one of his used sticks for $100).
- The game looked like it was heading to OT, until Benoit Pouliot slashed Backstrom with just minutes to go. Enter Troy Brouwer.

So the Caps now have a huge advantage coming into Game 6 at the Verizon Centre today.
 Let's prove those analysts wrong!
 Let's unleash the fury!
 Let's win the series at home!



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