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Discuss: Capitals take out Bruins 4-3, head home with 3-2 series lead

Apr 21, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

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With the series tied up at two games apiece, the winner of today’s game had the chance to seize control heading into tomorrow’s Game 6 in Washington.

Leave it to the Capitals to keep fighting back after blown leads to finally ice the game on a Troy Brouwer power play goal late in the third period and give the Caps a 4-3 win and a chance to finish the series at home tomorrow.

Some thoughts to discuss in the comments:

—- Braden Holtby didn’t have to steal the game, he just had to be solid and he did just that.

—- The Bruins promised to bring more traffic to the net and they did that. It also sparked their offense… Just not enough.

—- The Capitals’ defensive play again was impressive, although blowing two leads in this game doesn’t reflect well on them.

—- What’s going on with Tim Thomas? A couple of suspect goals, especially Brouwer’s game-winner are especially head-scratching.

—- Hey, at least the Bruins scored a power play goal finally. Johnny Boychuk‘s goal in the third tied things up at 3-3 and gave Boston their first goal on the man advantage in the series.

  1. odj810 - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Good game. Cap’s are a tough team. I’d be shocked if it doesn’t go 7 then its a toss up. Boston does best with there backs against the wall but your playing with fire to keep doing that. Hope bergeron is OK.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      Yeah. Feel bad for Bergeron… Wrong place at the wrong time. Hope he is alright

  2. ravenscaps48 - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:06 PM


  3. cspsrbums - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    How do you like that B fans you may be at the golf course soon. Thought this was going to be an easy series uh.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      Oh, The Bruins are going to win in 5… We’re the defending Cup Champions, We got this. Ovie Sucks. That Rookie will get a rude awakening real quick…. No, Yes, No, No, No!!! TROY BROUWAH WIT A WICKED HAHD SNAPPAH!!!!

      • joshuakorr - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:20 PM

        I don’t think many B’s fans thought it would be an easy series. No series is easy against a good team and the Bruins weren’t a dominant #2 seed. They would have been what, 4th or 5th seed without the NHL’s weird system?

      • cba77 - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:22 PM

        Yup, Caps will win this easily….about as easy as a 31 yard field goal..oops!

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:54 PM

        You…. Son of a b¡tch!

      • cba77 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM

        all in good fun…

      • dcfan4life - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:45 AM

        Now thats funny.

    • itsallniceonice - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Stupid people that just looked at Wash record did. This Washington team has always played this Bruins team hard and the Bruins haven’t had much success against them. Fully expected this. I will be disappointed if Bruins go down in first round, but not surprised.

      If Washington does beat the Bruins I hope the media doesn’t ride the Holtby wave. Kid is playing well but hasn’t stolen a game and they are blowing it way out of proportion. Bruins offense has sucked and you have to give Caps D a lot of credit stifling the offense.

      • dcfan4life - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:47 AM

        He saved 44/45 shots in game 4. In all 3 of the Caps wins the Bruins have outshot them, doubling them up in that same game 4. If that isnt stealing a game as a goaltender what is?

  4. ktboston - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    The series is not over you ass clowns!!! Bruins take it to game seven and win.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      I legitimately laughed out loud instead of chuckled in my head.

  5. cspsrbums - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Wonder what excuse the Bs coach is going to have this time , he’s like a broken record

    • habsman - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      When the Bruins lose, it’s always the refs fault.

  6. kotteintheslot - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Not that it made a difference in the game, but Pierre Mcguire is rooting for the Bruins in this series and its not even funny. NBC is never unbiased and its so annoying. Other than that good game and crazy series so far. Game 6 will definitely be a physical game like the rest. It is far from over, but I hope the Caps can pull this one out just so Pierre can cry himself to sleep tomorrow.

    • grimlock410 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      “I wouldn’t want to be Jason Chimera right now.” This has to be killing McGuire and Millberry.

      • kotteintheslot - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:45 AM

        If you poke the bear, be afraid of what is going to happen next!

  7. bobhpine - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Billy Cundiff will miss a field goal in the seventh game

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:43 PM


  8. hockeyflow33 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    That was a pretty lame call to give the Caps a PP at the end of the game.

  9. likemymenonice - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    The Caps look great. Holtby has been outstanding. Bruins play dirty. Hope the Caps eliminate them tomorrow.

  10. shortsxit - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Coming from the guy that in *every* post that mentions the Bruins, claims that every win is because of Campbell…

  11. drewzducks - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Unfortunately B’s have been clearly outplayed having only won as a result of a soft OT goal and a late 4 on 4. Blame goes to Thomas not playing the way he needs to to allow an offensively inferior team, which gets magnified against playoff quality competition, to win a series. Also their inability to replace the offense they lost with Hortons injury falls on Chirelli and will have to be addressed in the offseason. Not enough top end finishing skill from their forwards.

  12. arbruins - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Good series…7 games as usual. I don’t think anyone thought this would be a sweep. Tough call with 2 minutes remaining but a stupid move by Pouliot.

  13. 8man - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    I don’t ever count any team out of a playoff series until it’s over. Flyer fan is gritting his/her collective teeth hoping like hell Philadelphia closes out the Pens in game 6. And speaking of game 6, the Bruins have one tomorrow. As long as they have a game left to play there is hope.

    Or have you all forgotten how last year went?

  14. ray2013 - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like Chara is injured or something. Every team is going to have injuries at this time of year, but he doesn’t look like the defenceman that shut down the Sedins in the finals last year.

  15. critter69 - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    I just love how all the little bear fans are saying some variant of ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’.

    When I was growing up, I was taught that those three words, along with ‘if’, ‘if only’, ‘but’, ‘but only if’, etc. were normally used by those who are trying to explain away why things happened as they did, and not trying to understand why things happened as they did.

  16. bmmayhew - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Tired of hearing the Bruins fans’ tough talk. Caps have shown they are equals. Let’s get it done at home tomorrow boys and put these vaginas on vacation.

  17. arbruins - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    If they make it past the B’s…they won’t make past the second round. Don’t be delusional. The caps are not deep enough and Hunter is a tool.

    • habsman - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      Somewhere, Colin Campbell is very concerned.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      Someone’s Bitter… We have a Goalie, We play goo defense and block a ton of shots, and we are capable of scoring in bunches… What else could you ask for?

  18. blomfeld - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:04 AM


    I’m absolutely sick and tired of hearing about Ovechkin ! He’s the quintessential narcissistic, lazy “money-grubbing” new-age parasite … and he’s a disgrace to all of the glorious Soviet greats who’ve preceded him ! I can’t stand the sight of this freak and the sooner he and the Capitals are “dealt with” the better for all …

    ps: sorry all you Caps fans, but this is what Soviet hockey was meant to be:

  19. nepatriots128154 - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Congrats Cap fans, you’re up in a series. Act like you’ve been there… you still know there is a 0% chance you’ll win the cup. You’re ceiling’s a nice first round upset then a second round exit.

  20. capsfan19 - Apr 22, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    0%? Hmm it seems you’ve worked out a fantastic formula based on unbiased findings! Do share with us how you found this??? Maybe hmm bitter fan + moron = rediculous notions?
    No depth? Eh i’ll assume since it is tough to watch out of market teams that you dont know about some of our player’s potential.

  21. caps247 - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    I remember watching the NBC crew trying to predict the outcome. 5 guys voted for the Bruins in 5 games and there was 1 guy who said the Caps could win it in 6. NBC is not biased at all, I don’t know what you people are talking about.

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