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Bruins Can’t Capitalize on Home Ice, Washington Wins Game 7 in OT

Joel Ward (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

All seven games in this series were decided by one goal – the first time in the history of the NHL playoffs. Four of those games needed more than 60 minutes to be decided. Joel Ward was the hero for the Capitals in overtime just 2:57 into the extra set to send Boston home in a 2-1 OT loss. Braden Holtby shined again making 31 saves on 32 shots. Old friend Mike Knuble, who didn’t see much ice time, assisted on the game winner. The Bruins had a chance at the end of the third period on the power play, but did not have a good showing. The man advantage unit went 0-3 on the night

Bruins Offense Not Enough

The Bruins offense this entire series was less than spectacular, they ran into an AHL goalie who got hot and confident at the same time early on in this series. Tyler Seguin scored a dirty goal tying the game in the second period, that is the kind of goal that the Bruins want to see him score more.

The power play again came up way short, going 0-3 in a game seven that was decided in overtime says it all. The Bruins have the players to score goals with the man advantage, but they struggled finding shots other than slap shots from the point. Not enough puck and player movement; Claude Julien needs to spend his summer figuring out how to put together a power play system.

Patrice Bergeron again wasn’t able to take draws, Rich Peverley stepped in for Bergeron and didn’t really do well for him self in that department. The Capitals won the face off battle 32-27.

Thomas Outplayed

Tim Thomas wasn’t bad this series, he was just outmatched by a young goalie who was not phased by the big stage. The Bruins put shots on Holtby all series and he was more than up to the task. The Capitals are going to ride this hot goalie out, and will keep winning if he can stay hot.

Thomas made 25 saves on 27 shots. The game winner came after a Bruins turnover that led to a two on one. Not the best defensive unit of players on the ice for the goal, but that’s hockey.

With a long summer ahead of the Bruins they should come out next year more ready and hungry than we have ever seen them.

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2 comments for “Bruins Can’t Capitalize on Home Ice, Washington Wins Game 7 in OT”

  1. IMO, bad coaching. Julien left the top lines in too long, until their legs were cooked. This was must evident in the second period and beginning of the third, when the Bruins were tired, slow and sloppy. But in overtime, it cost the Bruins the game, when the Capitals made a complete line change after 2 minutes of play, Julien left the tired Boston first line in, and then the Caps skated right past the Bruins to put in the winning goal. Of course, the Bruins could have avoided overtime completely if they had scored on one of their power plays in regulation. But just like last year, the Boston power play was lackluster, wasting a lot of time slowly passing the puck around the perimeter and making very few shots. The Bruins power play was not very good last year, and Julien should have had that figured out already. So IMO, this season all came down to one thing: coaching.

    Posted by Alan | April 26, 2012, 5:41 am
  2. The third line and third defensive pairing were on the ice for the game winner. Julien deserves a lot of the blame for the lackluster power play but its also on the players. Seguin had a huge give away on the power play at the end of the third period. Might be time to get an assistant head coach that is all about offense to help the power play units.

    Posted by Bobby Doherty | April 26, 2012, 1:47 pm

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