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The Bruins had the city of Boston on the edge of their seats all through Game 6 in Washington. The B’s repeatedly gave up their one-goal lead through three periods, but were ultimately victorious in overtime 4-3 thanks top the heroics of Tyler Seguin.
Boston started off strong and broke young goaltender Braden Holtby less than six minutes into the game as Rich Peverley scored his third goal of the series. As has been the case for the series, the celebration was short-lived as the Capitals answered back less than five minutes later on a goal by Mike Green. Dangerously close to going into the first intermission tied, David Krejci netted his first goal of the series as Boston was able to take advantage of a power play (1-5 on the day). It was 2-1 B’s after the 1st period.
The majority of the 2nd period was an offensive stalemate characterized with sloppy turnovers. With less than a minute remaining, Washington’s Jason Chimera was able to put one past Thomas to tie the game at 2-2. Washington outshot the Bruins 15-5 in the period.
Andrew Ference made his presence known early in the 3rd period as he took advantage of a rebound and put the Bruins ahead 3-2. Tyler Seguin made the goal possible by stripping Alexander Semin of the puck.
Patrice Bergeron was noticeably absent on faceoffs due to an injury and this led to the next opportunity for the Caps. A faceoff in the Boston zone was taken by Rich Peverley, but won by Nicklas Backstrom, who dumped it back to Alex Ovechkin, who promptly slapped it into the net to tie it at 3-3 with 4:42 remaining.
A lot of the game was highlighted by some sloppy defense and giveaways. This theme carried over into OT and Boston was not to be on the losing end again. After winning the faceoff in the Washington zone, Nicklas Backstrom promptly gave the puck away to David Krejci. Krejci slid the puck to Milan Lucic and then to Seguin who made a beautiful move on Holtby to score the game winner and send the series back to Boston for Game 7. Seguin had a goal and an assist in this game; it was hist first points of the entire series.
Game 7 will be in Boston on Wednesday night.