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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Boston @ Washington Game 3

On Monday night Washington played host to Boston. With the series tied at 1-1. What does Game 3 have in store for the fans. With the first 2 games going to OT will the same happen in Game 3.

1st Period

Boston took control and won the opening draw.  Alex Ovechkin started the game with a big physical hit on Dennis Seidenberg, he seems to be alright. Alex Semin draws Boston their first Power Play as Semin goes to the box for a tripping call. He goes for a 2-minute minor. During the Washington's Penalty Kill, Boston's Brian Rolston dove to stop a shorthanded chance by John Carlson.With 15 minutes on the clock Boston's captain Zdeno Chara just crushed Washington's Jason Chimera. The game is becoming more intensifying as Shawn Thornton and Joel Ward chats after the Whistle. 

Tyler Seguin challenged Washington's goaltender Braden Holtby as the goaltender stopped Seguins's shot with a blocker and smothered the puck. Dan Paille and Thornton bore down on Holtby, and the Washington's goaltender lost his stick during that play. Milan Lucic down the left side and its 2 on 1, Lucic shoots with a wrist shot and Holtby saves it. Troy Brouwer with a bounce puts the puck on Bouwer's stick just outside the slot, he didnt get enough wood on the shot and Tim Thomas tracks it down with the glove.Washington goes on their first PP as Chara goes to the box for a roughing call. He goes for 2 minute minor. During the PP

Washington takes the lead 1-0 with a Power Play Goal. Semin puts the puck on goal and it just sneaks by Thomas and into the net. Semin with his 1st goal of the Play Offs and the Assists goes to Brooks Laich (1) and Ovechkin (2). Not long after Washington takes the lead, Boston goes on a PP as Keith Aucoin goes to the box for a tripping call. He goes to the box for a 2 minute minor. With less than a second to go of the 1st, there was a massive pile up and the both teams gets a penalty as both Lucic and Nicklas Backstrom goes to the box. Lucic goes to the box for a roughing call and Backstrom for a cross-checking call. In that pile up Chara forcibly removes Mike Green from the situation. Horn sounds to end the 1st. Score remains 1-0 Washington.

2nd Period (Middle Stanza)

Both Boston and Washington will have a man each in the box to start the 2nd period. 35 seconds gone in the 2nd Boston tied the score up as Rich Peverley scores his 1st goal of the play offs. The assists on the Boston's goal are Chara (1) and Andrew Ference (1). But unfortunately Washington went up to the other end and scored to make it 1-2 Washington. Ovechkin scores his first goal of the playoffs. The assists on the 2nd Washington's goal are Laich (2) and Hamrlik (1). The rookie in the Washington's goal is still going strong as he was tested by Benoit Pouliot but Holtby managed to track down the puck and holds on. Peverley draws the first penalty with 14:42 left in the 2nd.

Peverley goes to the box for a hooking call. He gets a 2 minute minor. Wow the game is hotting up as Backstrom now goes to the box for a tripping call. He gets a 2 minute minor. For 1:15 both teams will have 4 players each on the ice and then Boston will have a :45 PP. A nice feed by David Krejci to Pouliot who reflects on goal but the reflect was saved by Holtby. Both teams are back to full strength, a shot by Backstrom hits the Boston's crossbar.

Gregory Campbell to Greg Zanon. Zanon takes a shot from the point and Holtby saves it but the goaltender lost it, and it comes back out for a rebound for Paille to stick the puck in the net to tie the game. Paille with his 1st goal in the playoffs. The assists on the Paille's goal are Zanon (1) and Campbell (1). Lucic and Laich both get into it before a faceoff and then Lucic throws Laich to the ice, now both men go to the box for a 2 minute minor. Both teams will play with 4 players each with 6:41 remaining in the period. Jay Beagle was robbed by Thomas with 2:21 left no idea how he stopped that, but somehow he managed it. The horn sounds to end the 2nd. Score remains 2-2 

3rd Period 

Boston scores early in the period to make it 3-2. Brian Rolston with his 1st goal of the playoffs The assists on the 3rd Boston are Kelly (2) and Chara (2). Chimera slashed his stick into Brad Marchand's midsection it looked like a sore one on Marchand, he is taking his time to get back on his feet, as he was down for a while. Chimera to the box for 2 minute slashing call. Just after the successful PK Matt Hendricks catches Chara high with a stick but no call was given. With 9:43 left in the regulation Dennis Seidenberg goes to the box for a roughing call. He goes fora 2 minute minor.

Nice work to Boston on their latest PK. Laich with a breakaway, and he slips the puck past Thomas and into the net. Washington scored to tie the game 3-3. The assists on Laich's goal are Backstrom (1) and Green(1).  Boston gets a very late PP as Backstrom goes to the box for a cross-checking call. He gets a 2-minute minor. Wow another major pile up and its all centered on Lucic. Sure they will be penalties on this one as gloves, sticks were all dropped. Lucic and Hendricks both goes to the box for roughing calls. But Lucic gets a extra penalty, so Thornton will serves Lucic's 2nd penalty. All 3 players gets 2 minute minors. Washington has a 0:48 PP.

While Washington is on their PP, Boston gets their 4th goal of the game. Chara with his 1st goal of the play offs. The assists on Chara's goal are Bergeron (1) and Seidenberg (1). With only 25.7 left in regulation Thomas stops Laich and then he holds the puck until the whistle. After the horn Backstrom cross-checks Peverley it looked like a right bad one, so Backstrom gets a match penalty. Boston wins the game 4-3.

Tonight's 3 stars are: 1. Tim Thomas 2. Zdeno Chara 3. Braden Holtby

Boston are now 2-1 up in the series. Boston takes on Washington in Game 4 on Thursday night with a 7.30p

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