Monday, 23 April 2012

Caps Lose Game 6 to Bruins 4-3 (OT), Game 7 Forced

The Washington Capitals lost their chance to close out the series in six last night. In overtime, too. Just one shot, and this post could be in an entirely different tone. Instead, we're back in Boston on Wednesday night to win it in seven. Not trying to put a downer on things here, but:
2008- Caps lose to Flyers in 7, first round
2009- Caps win first round vs Rangers  in 7, but lose to Pens in semis in 7
2010- Caps lose first round to Montreal in 7
2011- Caps beat Rangers in 6.

We aren't great in game sevens, and have lost every single one played on the road in recent years.

This has to turn around if we even want to see the Conference Semi Finals this year. Here was how the game went:
- The Bruins got the first goal, just after five minutes when Rich Peverley getting a sneaky tip in.
- It didn't take too long, just four minutes in fact, when Mike Green whacked a slapper past Thomas. It was his first goal of the Dale Hunter regime.
- However, the lead wouldn't last. David Krejci scored to make it 2-1 to the Bruins.
- But again, the Caps replied, late on in the second with Chimera grabbing on to even it up.
- The Bruins kept the back and forth going, with Ference scoring with just over ten minutes to go.
- It wasn't over yet. Ovi smashed one in to make it 3-3 with less than five minutes on the clock.

But it wasn't to be. The Bruins dominated overtime, and Seguin scored after just three minutes. A game seven was now set.


The Caps can draw some positives from this game. Every time the Bruins scored, they snatched it back. Thomas was, to his credit, great in goal, stopping 36 of the 39 shots. 39 shots is a great offensive performance.

Can we win this? To put it in Tim Thomas' favourite man's words: YES WE CAN!

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