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Friday, April 20, 2012



BOS:   R. Peverley (13:12 - 1st)
WSH:   M. Johansson (01:22 - 1st) , A. Semin (PPG, 18:43 - 2nd)

BOS: T. Thomas (L)
 WSH: B. Holtby (W)

                Last night in Washington, Braden Holtby and the Capitals were looking to tie the series with a crucial win on home ice. Just 1:22 into the first, Laich skated in on a 2 on 1 and played the puck over to Johansson and he scored to make it 1-0 Capitals lead. Late in the first, Peverley came skating up the right wing and fired a shot past Holtby to tie the game. The shots on goal in the first were 13 to 3 in favor of the Bruins. So as you can tell Braden Holtby was keeping the Caps in this game. 2 minutes into the second, Chara had the puck at the point and fired a shot and he was robbed by Holtby as he flashes the leather and Chara looks sky high.

             Late in the second with the Capitals on a powerplay, Semin brought the puck from behind the net to the top of the left circle and he ripped a shot past Thomas to give the Caps a 2-1 lead. In the second period the shots were 18 to 15 in favor of the Bruins again. In the last 10 seconds of the third, the Bruins with the net empty, they cycled the puck around behind the net to Boychuk and he centred it Bergeron and he fired a shot and was robbed by Holtby as he once more, flashes the leather as the Capitals win this game 2-1. The shots on goal in the third were 13 to 3 in favor of the Bruins. Overall the shot count was 45 to 21 in favor of Boston.

                  In the loss, Thomas made 19 saves. In the win, Holtby made 44 saves and he is the only reason why this series is tied at 2-2 and not a 4-0 sweep for the Bruins."That's the reason we didn't win tonight. ... A lot of loose picks around the net that they cleared and we didn't get to. The net-front presence has to be better. Not just screening, but also finding those loose pucks. And they're finding them better than we are," Julien said. "There's probably not a good enough commitment in that area right now and until we get that, we're going to be struggling to score goals.When you shoot 45 shots on net, you would expect your team to have more than one there's obviously some areas that we're not happy with."

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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