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Discussion: Braden Holtby steals another game, series tied

Apr 19, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals walks off the ice after warm ups before Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Boston Bruins during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 19, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) Getty Images

Once again, the two-time Vezina Trophy winning Tim Thomas was outplayed by a 22-year-old with all of 21 games of NHL experience going into this season. Braden Holtby was stunning from the start of this game until it’s final second in Washington’s 2-1 victory over Boston. He’s the reason this series is tied at 2-2.

Here’s a few notes:

  • Holtby has stopped over 40 shots in two of his four playoff games.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, Dennis Wideman hasn’t been that great for the Washington Capitals. As previously reported, he’s been on the ice for five of the Boston Bruins’ seven postseason goals. To his credit, he did block a couple shots.
  • The Bruins are the only playoff team that’s still looking for their first power-play goal.
  • It seems like Alex Ovechkin can never do enough to please people. Expectations are set high for him – and with good reason. Still, it’s worth pointing out that he has a solid four points in four games.
  1. drewsylvania - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    He did steal another game, though props has to be given to the Caps D for causing all shots to be made from the point.

    Also, tonight’s game was one of those times where I felt like giving up watching, thanks to the obvious attempt by the refs to guarantee a Game 6. Three Caps power plays, all on ticky-tack calls, while the tackle of Ference (leading to a 2-on-1 and the first goal) and blatant trip of Kelly (as he entered the offensive zone) went uncalled.

    • flavadave10 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      I agree. The Bruins high sticked Mike Green and Perreault (almost injuring Green RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE REFS) and didn’t get called for either. Ference dove like he belongs on the Canucks on that play. Kelly was tripped, but hey, the Bruins got away with two obvious high sticking penalties, so I’m fairly certain that evens itself out.

      The very thought of a Bruins fan blaming the refs after game 3 is hysterical.

      • drewsylvania - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:13 AM

        Yes, they missed the high stick–and called the B’s tight and the Caps loose.

        If you can’t tell what game I’m referring to, you might want to see a doctor.

      • flavadave10 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:23 AM

        drewsylvania: You know what? I’ll humor you. I’d LOVE to see some evidence of how the refs called the Caps “loose”. It’s called playing clean hockey. Something that you clearly have never heard of. Maybe if Kelly and Ferance didn’t flop like Spaniards all the time, he would have gotten the tripping call. All the Bruins penalties were pretty obvious. Peverley’s slashing call could not have been any more obvious. The two hooking calls in the second were also both pretty obvious. Also, need I remind you that Mike Green got a high stick to the chin in front of the refs and there was no call? Yup, that sure sounds like they called the Bruins tough.

      • drewsylvania - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:23 AM

        It doesn’t matter what I say, you’ll see it through your homer glasses, so why bother? GFY

      • flavadave10 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:09 AM

        drewsylvania: You calling me a homer is the equivalent of Jack Edwards calling Mike Milbury annoying.

      • homelanddefense - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

        The Peverley slashing was obvious, the Bergeron one was completely tick tack. Ference and Kelly didnt dive.

        The calls have been bad both ways this series. The way I see it both teams probably lost a game because of it.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      pen fan. has to be…. did you see how many calls went in the way of boston last game (game #3) and im pretty sure your beloved pens were helped by ticky-tack!!!!!

      • drewsylvania - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:14 AM

        Yes, I “have to be” a pens fan.

        Sometimes, people on the internet are stupid.

      • flavadave10 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:26 AM

        He knows nothing about playing clean hockey, so clearly he’s either a Flyers fan or a Bruins fan. Probably Bruins considering how delusional he is.

      • habsman - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:20 AM

        Now, now. No need to argue, we all know when the Bruins lose it’s the ref’s fault.

  2. dougr42 - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM


  3. habsflop - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    The officiating has been terrible on both sides, missed calls everywhere. It evens out. Add to it the Bruins can not even get a PP shot nevermind a goal.
    Holtby was good last night, but let’s not get carried away. Majority of shots were from point with no traffic and no rebounds. Bruins need to get to dirty areas and get some garbage goals. Caps D is playing well, blocking shots and clearing front of net.

    • flavadave10 - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      Holtby protects his crease, and the Caps are all over almost all of Holtby’s rebounds. Bruins need to man up and get into the garbage areas. They have been scared of the crease and garbage areas ever since Carlson fought Lucic and Holtby’s roughing minor back in either game 1 or game 2 (can’t remember).

      • homelanddefense - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

        when did Carlson fight Lucic, I must have missed that. They arent afraid of the crease or garbage areas. They have fallen into this many times this year, its not about fear, its lack of discipline.

  4. rdurk86 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    The Bruins forwards need to hold on to the puck longer. Right now, they are so anxious to bank it back to the point or dump it into the corner. That’s why the PP sucks too. The forwards don’t skate with and protect the puck, they just funnel it out to the point for long shots. I don’t understand why their entire offense runs through the points.

    • homelanddefense - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      I agree completely. It seems like the goal of the forwards is to always get it back to the point. That doesnt work if no one is willing to stand in front of the net. They are really missing Horton.

  5. fullbagg - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Bruin nation must salute that one!!!

  6. odj810 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    sometimes you just loose. No excuses caps played well. Snipe by semin. Gotta battle more. We’ll get them for game 5. And other fans of anyteam, pretending its the refs fault is pathetic have a ball sac. Your teams not gonna win every game stop making excuses when they do. Go bruins!

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