They haven’t had a lead in the series yet they have a victory. But all is not right with the Boston Bruins as they head into Washington for game three of this series with the Capitals. Both teams have scored but two goals and if you are looking for a bright spot, it has been the stellar play of Tim Thomas whose Stanley Cup playoff shutout streak ended at 161 minutes, 41 seconds. However, the Capitals first goal is one I’m sure he’d like to have back.
But what of the Bruins offense? Where is the traffic in front of the net? where are the second and third chances on the young inexperienced goaltender? Right now they are nowhere to be found. It seems that one (shot) and done is the nature of this series for the Bs. The one second chance they had was a loose puck squirting out in the slot with Benoit Pouliot beating Braden Holtby to the puck tying the game.
The Capitals have played the way they wanted perfectly. Blocking tons of shots and when Bruins shots made their way to the net, they were an easy save for young Mr. Holtby because he had clear sight of the puck. Capital defense making sure of that.
I’ve not questioned Claude Julien’s in game decisions and said I would not since June 15, 2011, but being what happens over time, you knew that would change. A couple of curious line combinations for the Bruins. At one point he double shifted Tyler Seguin putinng him on the David Krejci line with Rich Peverly and again on his usual line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Ok, he’s young and can take the cardio and who knows, you might just strike goal. But the more curious is the defensive combo of Greg Zanon and Joe Corvo. That duo had many issues in the first overtime and when they were out there with the fourth line of Greg Campbell, Shawn Thornton & Dan Paille, well lets just say thing were very scary. I know the coach and he is not gong to change his formula for success, we know that. But he should not have those five on the ice at the same time. Also, revisiting one key element in last years playoffs is Johnny Boychuk being on the ice at the wrong time. He was the only player on the ice for both Washington goals and had a bad hand in them especially the whiff on the clearing attempt which led to the Johansson pass to Niklas Backstrom snap wrister to end the suspense and send this to Washington and hand the Caps a chance to get the upper hand on the Bruins.
It’s time for the upper classmen of the Bruins to get going. Bergeron & Krejci were not good in faceoffs and Washington out hit the Bruins and were patient enough to get goals on plays that Boston could have prevented instead of boo-boos that have cost them a series lead.