Good morning early afternoon!
Its a tight turnaround for the boys today less than 24 hours after meeting up with Montreal. With the game being televised nationally, I have my seat staked out in the press box and will offer thoughts from Verizon Center as the game unfolds.
Check back for period-by-period commentary.
Caps going back with Tomas Vokoun in goal and Boston will play Tim Thomas, who like Vokoun, will be working on back to back days. Bruins show off their heavy cycle game in first minute, they make you work on D.
If I am correct, Alex Ovechkin will have a strong skating day. He could very well be the guy with the most energy out there today, considering his recent time off.
Roman Hamrlik is so skilled at keeping himself in the shooting lane, it has to frustrate attacking shooters, who would be better served to try and beat him wide.
Ovechkin with a sublime backhand saucer pass to Jeff Halpern for a slapper stopped by Thomas. Number 8 has a very good passing touch and that one was excellent.
Vokoun with a good glove save on a skipping shot from Andrew Ference.
Halfway through the first period and Caps have only one shot, that Halpern drive from 40 feet.
Hendricks, Brouwer, and Laich with Caps best shift of the period, lots of hustle.
GOAL: Boston 1-0. A really pretty goal, Rich Peverley makes a sweet backhand feed to Milan Lucic who does the rest by deking Vokoun to his forehand and roofing the shot.
Thomas makes a good save on Marcus Johansson, Ovechkin narrowily misses the rebound on short side. Theyre finally starting to make Thomas dance a bit.
Always unorthodox, Thomas sprawls on his stomach to stop Joel Ward.
Thomas makes a very good stop on Alex Semin semi-breakaway. Johansson sends him in with a strong pass and Thomas goes to the splits to stop the Semin backhand, puck needed to be a half-a-foot higher.
GOAL: Boston 2-0. Patrice Bergeron wins a board battle behind the goal with Karl Alzner then finds Brad Marchand who beats Vokoun with a backhand from the top of the crease.
Matt Hendricks hopes to change the momentum with late first-period scrap with Adam McQuaid. Pumps the crowd up, but he took the extra minor penalty for roughing which gives the Bs the man-advantage.
END OF PERIOD, Boston 2-0. Shots were 12-11 in favor of Boston.
Caps take care of Bruins :46 power-play to start period two, no trouble.
Its always fun to watch Ovechkin work against Zdeno Chara. Chara covers so much ground, his range is extraordinary. Bs try to get him out vs. Ovie every chance they get.
Thomas makes a shoulder save on Mathieu Perreault, who burned the Bruins for three goals on their last visit.
Dale Hunter switches Ovechkin back to a line with Brouwer and Laich, as he did yesterday in Montreal.
Puts Chimera on with Johansson and Semin.
Five minutes into period neither club with a quality scoring chance yet.
David Krejci with a nice move draws a penalty on Semin, with 12:30 to go in period.
Vokoun makes a strong move across the crease to deny Lucic his second of the game.
Off an offensive zone faceoff, Ovechkin races into the corner to drill Chara and bounces off the 265-pound defenseman like a mosquito, an exaggeration of course, but most defenders would have crumbled.
Dennis Wideman sends Keith Aucoin in on a semi-breakaway, Aucoin misses over the shoulder of Thomas.
Laich gets tied up with Dennis Seidenberg behind the Bruins goal, stays down for a moment. Brooks is heading for the Caps dressing room with just over 7 minutes left in seond period.
Similar pattern to first frame, Caps go 15 minutes into period two and have only 4 shots on Thomas.
Laich is back from Caps room on the ice briefly to test his leg, speaks with Athletic Trainer Greg Smith at the bench , flexes his knee and leaves again down the dressing room tunnel.
Chara unloads the hardest shot in the NHL and Vokoun fights it off around his facemask and traps it. Wow, his shot gets on a goalie in a hurry!
Wideman tests the catching glove of Thomas with 3 minutes left in the period.
Patrice Bergeron takes an interference call, hooking Troy Brouwer in front. Caps with late second period PP.
End of PERIOD, 2-0 Boston. Shots are even at 21. Caps still have 20 seconds on PP to start the third frame.
No sign of Laich here in the opening stages of the third. Not good.
Perreault hits the pipe in first three minutes.
Caps with another chance generated by Johansson, this is a good start for a team trying to rally against one of the best in the league.
Peverley gets behind the Caps D for a 2-on-1 break with Chris Kelly, Vokoun makes a snappy glove save.
Ovechkin, back with Johansson and Semin.
GOAL: Boston 3-0. Marchand makes a slick pass to Tyler Seguin. The recently turned 20-year old re-directs one past Vokoun with his stick and skate.
Poor Dmitry Orlov, yesterday he gets hit in the face by a shot that ramps off his own stick square into his nose. Today Shawn Thornton drills him with a puck in the face again. OUCH!
GOAL: Washington trails, 3-1. Perreault having another strong game against the Bruins, he leads rush up ice, finds Johansson out wide, his pass to the slot intended for Ward, banks in off of defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. Johansson gets the goal.
Chimera whistled for goalie interference. He was bumped into the goalie by Bs defender Andrew Ference, I never like those calls.
Thomas makes a nice stop on Brouwer shorthanded opportunity.
Caps outshooting Bs late in regulation, this will end a spell of 13 straight games in which they have been outshot.
Vokoun lifted for extra attacker with 1:30 left in regulation time.
Offensive zone draw for Caps.
Halpern wins it, Semin shot is blocked.
After Ovechkin effort to split two defenders falls short, Bs clear the zone.
GOAL: Boston 4-1. Peverley sneaks away for a breakaway on the empty net.
The Bruins have a way of wearing teams down systematically, they play a heavy game, and today they also happened to be the better playmakers in the offensive end.
Caps get a day to recover before another showdown game at the top of the Southeast Division with Florida Tuesday. See you on TV for that one!
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