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When the Capitals two goaltenders Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth went down late in the season with injuries, most people thought the playoffs were practically over for them. Well, that hasn’t been the case, as 22-year-old Brandon Holtby has been as good as his predecessors, if not better. He stood on his head in Game 1 to send it to overtime (a 1-0 win for the B’s) and in Game 2, he was good enough to get his team the win in double overtime.
Game 2 seemed it was going to be another defensive battle, as at the end of the first period, both teams were scoreless. Both teams did generate a solid amount of shots, though. The Bruins had ten shots, while the Capitals had nine.
Period two was more of the same, with an occasional scoring opportunity and a big hit, until the Capitals broke the ice late in the period when Troy Brouwer poked the puck through Thomas’s legs to put the Capitals up 1-0 going into the third period.
The Bruins needed to put one in the net badly to tie the game. It seemed highly unlikely due to the Capitals prolific shot-blocking and the play of Holtby. With more than half of the final period over, Brian Rolston took a shot that was ways away from the net, leaving the puck in the slot in a battle for the puck between Bruins forward Benoit Pouliot and Holtby. Pouliot was able to chip the puck over Holtby’s shoulder into the back of the net. The goal would force overtime.
This game went to a second overtime after a scoreless first OT frame. On a faceoff won by the Bruins, there seemed to be a miscue between players and in a last second attempt, Johnny Boychuck tried to chip the puck to a Bruin forward, but he missed the puck. The Capitals took advantage when the puck landed on forward Nicklas Backstrom’s stick and he put the puck right under Thomas’s arm and into the net to end the game.
The Capitals’ 2-1 win evens up the series at 1-1 heading into Washington D.C. The Bruins and Caps will meet Monday night in a big game to see who will take the lead in the series.