On April 12th Boston took on Washington Capitals in Game 1 in the Quarter Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This time last year Boston took on Montreal Canadiens and defeated them in 7 games. This should be a great series of games between these two organisations.
Patrice Bergeron wins the opening faceoff to get game 1 underway. Braden Holtby had to be really sharp on the saves pretty early on in the period as Boston had prime chances in the first couple of minutes. Mathieu Perreault blocked a shot off Shawn Thornton and the puck hit just at the side of the left knee,looked to be having trouble getting to his bench. Jason Chimera had the first shot on goal for WASH, he then collided Andy Ference and Tim Thomas.
In the Boston zone Shawn Thornton just crushed Marcus Johansson with a big check, While Boston continued to press the WASH's goaltender Braden Holtby. With 7:06 left in the 1st WASH goes on a PP as David Krejci goes to the box for a boarding call, he goes to the box for 2 minutes. Boston successfully killed the penalty as WASH could not take the advantage as the both had 1 shot on goal. On his shift Alex Ovechkin was throwing his weight around a bit as he had big hits on Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara. With less than 2 minutes to go Boston goes on a PP as Jay Beagle goes to the box for a double minor call (hi-sticking), he goes to the box for 2 minutes. Horn sounds to end the 1st. After 20 minutes score remains 0-0 and Boston has 9 shots to WASH's 5 on goal. Both Shawn Thornton and Zdeno Chara are team high with 3 hits each.
Boston wins the draw and the middle stanza is underway. Boston went and immediately tested Braden Holtby's goal but to no prevail. Just as WASH successfully killed that penalty they give Boston another PP as Troy Brouwer goes to the box for a delay of game call, he sends the puck over the glass, he goes for 2 minutes. Impressive work by the CAPS during that PK. Boston are now 0/3 with a man advantage. They was a epic collision between Alex Ovechkin and Dennis Seidenburg. The crowd in the Garden are trying to pump the Boston team up as the score remains 0-0.
But it seamed to have woken WASH up as they started to test Tim Thomas. Braden Holtby even robbed Dan Paille to keep the score remain 0-0. Just behind the WASH net there was a massive scrum as John Carlson did not like David Krejci running into Braden Holtby. Both John Carlson and David Krejci both goes to the box for a roughing call, both get 2 minutes. During the PP for Boston, WASH gets another penalty against them, this time for goaltender Braden Holtby gets a roughing call. As a goaltender is needed for the net his team mate Marcus Johansson serves his 2 minutes. Even though WASH are down to 3 players on the ice they managed to keep Boston at bay. Boston had some glorious chances but could not get the puck in the net. With 1:25 left in the 2nd Marcus Johansson was shaken up as the puck hit his helmet but he seems to be alright. Horn sounds. After 40 minutes score remains 0-0. WASH Braden Holtby and their PK seems to be the story thus far of Game 1.
The teams are back out for the final stanza of regulation. Matt Hendricks pushed Andy Ference into Tim Thomas and knocks Tim Thomas's helmet off, he takes a minute to reset his helmet. Zdeno Chara goes to the box for a minor call (hi-sticking), he goes to the box for 2 minutes with 16:48 left in the regulation. Boston manages to kill off WASH's PP. WASH was making Boston nervous as they stepped up with their shots on goal but Tim Thomas was very sharp.
Braden Holtby managed to get a glove to Tyler Seguin's latest shot, and then Joe Corvo's shot just narrowly missed the goal and came back off the post. Nicklas Backstrom also had his shot saved by Tim Thomas. WASH took a timeout with 1:33 remaining in regulation. Horn sounds to end regulation. Score remains 0-0 after 60 minutes
How is this game still 0-0. So far its been end to end chances. But to be fair both Goaltenders have been excellent and now we go to a another 20 minutes. What can happen in OT.
Both teams are on the ice to start OT. Tim Thomas started with a save, he then gave the puck to Brian Rolston. Brian Rolston passes the puck to Benoit Pouliot, and then Benoit Pouliot passed the puck to Chris Kelly. Chris Kelly from the point shots the puck into the WASH goal, to finish the game. Chris Kelly with his 1st goal of the playoffs. Brian Rolston and Benoit Pouliot with their 1st assists of the playoffs.
Boston wins Game 1 to take the lead in the series. What will Happen in Game 2 on sat night, here at the Garden game starts 3:00p.
Tonight's 3 stars: 1. Chris Kelly 2. Braden Holtby 3. Tim Thomas