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NHL on NBC: Boston, Washington tangle in Game 2

Apr 14, 2012, 2:58 AM EDT

Ovi Seidenberg

The list of things Boston and Washington want to accomplish on Saturday is pretty simple.

For the Bruins, it’s get a win — doesn’t matter how — and put a 2-0 stranglehold on the series.

For the Caps, it’s score a goal — also, doesn’t matter how — and try to capture home ice advantage.

Those are the predominant storylines heading into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal, to be played at Boston’s TD Garden (3 p.m. ET, NBC). For the Bruins, Game 1 was a solid home-ice effort as they played tight defensively (allowing just 17 shots, all stopped by Tim Thomas), set a physical tone and made a concerted effort to silence Alexander Ovechkin.

For the Capitals…the loss actually wasn’t so bad.

“We know Boston is a good, physical team and we were ready to match their intensity and physical play,” forward Jay Beagle told Washington Post. “We didn’t win, but there’s no intimidation there.

“We know we can play with them.”

The Capitals were pleased after going into a tough environment, playing the defending Stanley Cup champs hard and taking them to overtime. While the lack of goalscoring is a problem — “we just have to stay focused [on the offense],” Ovechkin said — the team felt confident in its ability to trade punches with the Bruins.

“Even strength, it was an even battle both ways through the whole thing,” head coach Dale Hunter said. “Until an overtime goal, it was pretty much even at even strength. Power-play time, they did have some more scoring chances because they had more power-play time.

“But as far as even strength, it was pretty even out there.”

Game 2 Notes:

According to Japers’ Rink, Zdeno Chara was on for 90 percent of Ovechkin’s even strength ice time in Game 1. The most time Ovechkin was on the ice without Chara at even strength? Twenty-three seconds.

David Krejci didn’t practice Friday after being hit on the head with a pane of glass celebrating Chris Kelly‘s OT winner, but said he felt fine and should be good to play on Saturday.

— Boston out-shot Washington 26-7 lead in shots after 40 minutes in Game 1. Ovechkin was held to just one shot for the entire contest.

— Both teams will be looking to get their power plays on track. The Caps went 2-for-24 to close out the regular season and 0-for-2 on Thursday. The Bruins went 2-for-21 down the stretch, and 0-for-4 in Game 1.

  1. bostonhasrealhockey - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Good stuff

  2. ravenscaps48 - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Good luck to the real Boston Bruins fans and not the bandwagoners after last year… I think you’ll definitely see a lot more offense this game than the last one… I just hope we can steal one from you guys and make the series interesting

  3. jond86 - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    This game will be a wicked battle. Ovi is gonna come firing on all cylinders and looking to be the catalyst after he was dominated in game 1.

  4. jrocknstuff - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    One thing the Caps have going for them today, Boston was an awful afternoon team this year….. well under.500

    Of course it doesn’t mean a thing if the Caps can’t score

  5. rsl22 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Game 1 was all over the place. The Bruins played a fantastic first period (first five minutes especially) and looked like they were gonna run away with the series. I can’t give too much credence to the shot differential because of the ridiculous amount of time the Bruins had on the PP in the second. If you take out the second period, the Caps actually outshot the Bruins in the 1st, 3rd and OT 15-13 (not really a significant difference, but puts the total differential in perspective).

    In the third at even strength, the Caps really outplayed the B’s (see: 9-3 in shots). I’d expect the Caps to stay out of the box; if they can do that, then it could be a great game. Both teams showed how good they can be at 5-on-5 in the first (Boston) and third periods (Caps).

    It’d be great for the Caps to get the win today to make this a real series…love playoff hockey. Game 7’s in Boston and Nashville would be awesome to see.

  6. watermelon1 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Dale hunter is right… This was a pretty good match. So sad the officials had to give the bruins some crap power plays. Would have been a different story if capitals weren’t playing a man down for most of the 2nd period.

    Here’s hoping they make up for it today.

    • jond86 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      A clear highsticking with blood and a delay of game b/c a puck over the glass are crap power plays? Its called “the rules”.

  7. lordstanley65 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    I hear ya, Jrock. Matinee games for the B’s have not been a good thing this year…I’m a bit…trepidatious about today.

  8. steviep23 - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Backstrom better be on the same line as OV this game. Wtf were they thinking?

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