It looks like a one-game punishment for Nicklas Backstrom will turn into a one-game opportunity for Mathieu Perreault and Mike Knuble.
BOSTON Sudden thoughts and second thoughts as we dissect the Capitals 1-0 overtime loss to the Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Thursday night at TD Garden:
BOSTON Braden Holtby needed to be perfect, and on Thursday night he was one shot short of perfection.
The Boston Bruins have seven forwards and two defensemen who stand 6 feet 2 or better and 11 players who weigh 200 pounds or more.
But are they any bigger or badder than the Capitals?
They have been together five seasons now and have won four Southeast Division titles.