Back to Beantown: Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins (R1:G3)

 Postseason RecordGoaltenderGAA / SV%
Washington Capitals1-0-1Craig Anderson1.18 / .955
Boston Bruins1-0-1Tuukka Rask2.81 / .907
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This Wednesday, May 19th, both the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins look to break a series tie and take the two games to one lead. But with Washington tallying one win and one loss on home ice, the two teams will now face-off for two games at TD Garden, the home of the Boston Bruins.

On Monday night, the Boston Bruins defeated the Washington Capitals in overtime by a score of, 4-3. Craig Anderson got the start in between the pipes for the Capitals since Vitek Vanecek was still listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury. Just like on Saturday, poor officiating and a few-too-many bad calls doomed Washington, but perhaps by no fault of their own. Washington played far better than the Bruins once again, but it was Boston who scored first this time. Just five minutes and five seconds into the first period, Jake DeBrusk, who had scored in Game 1, scored to give his team a 1-0 lead.

But it was Caps’ defensemen Brenden Dillon that gave DeBrusk the wide open net after tripping up his own goaltender Anderson, disabling him from being able to make the save. Luckily, just over one minute later, David Pastrnak was called for holding and so the Caps received their first power play of the evening. Just 12 seconds into the man-advantage, a shot from Alex Ovechkin was tipped in by none other than TJ Oshie to tie the game, 1-1.

Much to the dismay of the fans, the officials were eager to call penalties nearly one-for-one; each time the Capitals would draw a penalty, the Bruins would draw a call to create 4-on-4 play, washing out a Washington power play altogether. Just like in Game 1, but far more often, Capital One Arena erupted in “Refs you suck!” chants to express the fans’ deep disappointment in the officiating, missed calls, and blatant bias in favor of the Bruins. The first period would see two additional goals, one coming off the stick of Patrice Bergeron that reinstated the Bruins lead. Bergeron’s goal came just under three minutes after Oshie’s tying goal.

The Bruins received their first power play opportunity with Nic Dowd in the box for roughing, but then Brad Marchand was called for roughing about 60 seconds later. With just over three minutes remaining in the period, Garnet Hathaway would score his first career playoff goal to again, tie the game.

Both Conor Sheary and Mike Reilly were assessed matching roughing minors to end the first period, but neither the Caps nor the Bruins would score.

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With the score tied at two goals apiece to start the middle period, the Bruins were heavily dominating in faceoffs, but the Capitals were leading in hits and high-danger chances. Boston got their second and final opportunity with the man-advantage as John Carlson was called for tripping, but Washington successfully killed off the penalty. Although the 2nd period was goal-less, the referees would call three more one-for-one penalties to elicit more 4-on-4 play. Connor Clifton and Tom Wilson were called for interference and embellishment (which wasn’t, because Wilson was falling backwards), Brad Marchand and Anthony Mantha for slashing and high-sticking (which wasn’t a good call because Mantha was only called after defending himself against Marchand), and Craig Smith and Nick Jensen for roughing.  

Impressively, Garnet Hathaway would score his 2nd of the post-season and his 2nd of the game just over seven minutes into the third period to lift the Caps to a 3-2 lead.

Washington did a good job at holding off the Bruins and intervening to transfer play out of their defensive zone every time the Bruins had momentum. With each passing minute, a Caps win and thus a 2-0 series lead became more and more likely. Until, at the 17:11 mark of the final frame, Taylor Hall would “score” amidst a crazy scramble in front of the Caps net to tie the game. See for yourself, and you tell *me* if this should have counted.

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Overtime came and went once again, but the Bruins would emerge victorious this time. Just 39 seconds into the overtime period, Brad Marchand would score to even up the series 1-1 and take play back to Boston, where his Bruins went 18-7-3 in the regular season.

Craig Anderson made 44 saves on a whopping 48 shots from the Bruins for a .917 save percentage. Arguably, the Bruins’ opening goal never should have made it into the net, and realistically neither should have Taylor Hall’s tying goal. At some point during the game, Lars Eller left the game with an injury, and only played 9:38 through 60 minutes. Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on 36 shots for a .923 save percentage.

Vitek Vancecek is still listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury. Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and goaltender Ilya Samsonov have practiced with the team. The Washington Capitals recalled Connor McMichael, Brett Leason, Paul LaDue and Alex Alexeyev ahead of Wednesday’s tilt.

Below is the official schedule vs. BOS (all times in EST):

Game 3: Wednesday May 19 @ 6:30pm

Game 4: Friday May 21 @ 6:30pm

Game 5: Sunday May 23 @ TBD

Game 6 *if necessary*: Tuesday May 25 @ TBD

Game 7 *if necessary*: Thursday May 27 @ TBD

The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins will play Game 3 on Wednesday May 19th at 6:30 EST, and can be watched on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Washington.

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