Sunday, April 22, 2012

Semi-Live Blog -- Bruins and Capitals, Game 6


I'm supposed to be doing my thesis paper, but the B's are on, so let's be real.


Capitals come out banging on all cylinders.  Looking tough.

Third Period: Third period draws to a close.  Bruins can't let this one slip away.  They need to come out with fire.

Dammit....Ovechkin ties it up.  Capitals are heating up, pray for overtime.

GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAL ANDREW FERENCE!!!!!!!!!!! 3-2 BRUINS!!!!! 7 minutes to go!  I've given up updating times for this period.  Actions too crazy for that.

Both teams are absolutely flying out of the gate this period.  Pouliot got himself an idiotic penalty, second game and second day in a row, but the B's penalty kill was on point again for this one.

Sorry for the break, had to run over to the cafeteria and grab some grub before the third period.

Second Period:

Period comes to a close, Caps holding a 15-5 shot advantage in that frame.  Chara's bloodied but back on, and the Capitals are playing like the Canucks tonight.  The refs are slowly letting the game slip out of control.  Should be an intense third period one way or the other.

0:20 remaining: Matt Hendricks really helping his team with a dumb tripping call, catching Peverley going across the blue line.

0:41: Apparently you're allowed to run around and hit whoever you want away from the puck today.  Jason Chimera clips Brad Marchand in the head, then streaks down ice and gets a pass from Niklas Backstrom to tie the game up at 2-2.  Glad to see that this will be the sixth straight game that the Capitals will play like cheap bastards.

4:10: Capitals earn a bullshit power play, after play was stopped for an apparent too many men call.  The only man in the box is Patrice Bergeron for a high-stick.  Good news: Chara's back out for the penalty kill.

5:26: Things are getting a little scrappy. Roman Hamrlik knocks down Chris Kelly in front of the net, and then Brouwer has some words for Kelly during the stoppage which Peverley took exception to, hence the shove and separation.

Tim Thomas with an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING STICK SAVE on Marcus Johanssan!  Wide open net as the Capitals are maybe starting to catch on to Thomas' aggressive net-minding style. 8 to go.

9:26:  SAVE BY THOMAS! And Jay Beagle being a chump again, par for the course.

14:02: Power play ends, good pressure, probably too much passing, with no goal to show for it.

18:03: Alex Ovechkin draws a four minute double minor for smacking Zdeno Chara in the face with his stick.  Bloodied up, Chara will sit out for a few series.  Let's see what the power play unit can do.

Milan Lucic, Dennis Seidenberg and Troy Brouwer all have 4 hits with a period and two minutes under their belts.

Both teams come out with no real advantage one way or the other.  Anyone else not a fan of NBC's NHL coverage exclusively playing Nickelback into commercial breaks?

First Period:

First period came to a close with the Bruins holding a hard-fought 2-1 lead over the Caps.  The Capitals are putting on a lot of pressure on the forecheck, something the Bruins aren't returning.  The hitting game goes to the Bruins so far, but so do the bonehead mistakes.

Rich Peverley cashed in the Bruins first goal, which was quickly answered by Mike Green to tie the game at 1-1.  The Bruins power play was looking weak as it usual does at playoff time, but potted their second power play goal off the stick of David Krejci to make it 2-1.  Braden Holtby is still playing out of his mind, but the Bruins are being patient and taking some good shots.

And to be fair, that goal by Green was going a foot wide if it didn't hit Greg Zanon's leg and roll in.

Some other news, Patrice Bergeron isn't taking face-offs because of an apparent upper-body injury, but its not like he'd be allowed to stay in half of his face-offs anyway.  The refs aren't taking any horseplay at the dot, and have thrown out players on almost every face-off so far.

Shawn Thornton and Joe Corvo didn't dress for today's game, instead Jordan Caron will play in his first playoff game and Mike Mottau will take his place beside Zanon as the third defensive pair.

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