Coming off a huge hot streak, the Boston Bruins had a chance to clinch the Atlantic Divison and a spot in the playoffs. The Caps, on the other hand, had a chance to steal two points from the best in the east and be in a playoff spot for the first time since Jan 18. In a rare Saturday matinee game, each team had a chance to do some damage in their run to the playoffs.
- Brooks Laich is till out of the line up recovering from groin surgery. He says he is feeling better and hopes to be back before the playoffs.
- Jack Hillen is out of the line up after suffering a bad collision with Alex Ovechkin against LA last Tuesday. John Erskine will be taking his place. Oh boy.
- Braden Holtby in net for his 100th game in the NHL! Congrats, Holtbeast!
Saturday’s excitement started out nine minutes into the first. Erskine was sent of for a rather BS delay of game call which pretty clearly hit the glass before leaving the ice. So, a great impact from the big man in his first start back after a long absence of scratches! Caps PK was able to kill of the penalty. The PK has been exceptional as of late, which is a great sign for a run at the playoffs.
Did we mention Holtby rocks? Holtby rocks.
Caps got some life on a powerplay late into the first, but nothing really amounted to anything. This is all you really need to know about the first:
Just as a Caps power play was expiring, the B’s got a lucky bounce on a clear attempt. Jerome Iginla got a pass on was in on alone on Holts. Iginla sent it high and beat Holtby putting the guys in white up 1-0.
After the Caps D got caught hotdogging, the B’s were back on the power play. After some good opportunities, Carl Soderberg trickled one past Holtby. 2-0 B’s. Oh wait, then Iginla gets his second of the day. 3-0 B’s. Yay!!!!
Just when things look bleak and a comeback was impossible, Jason Chimera aka #ICECHEETAH deflected in a shot after a beautiful Mike Green rush up the ice. Not only did it put the boys in the board, but the crowd came alive and gave them momentum going into the intermission. HUGE goal.
On a Bruins powerplay, Iginla sent a puck on what was a sure empty net. But wait, not so fast. Who was there to save the day but JOHN ERSKINE HIMSELF. Erskine’s heroics saved the caps from going down by *gulp* three goals. Way to go, Johnny boy.
After an amazing offensive by the firs- or I mean third line, the Caps had the pressure on the B’s. Amazing opportunities and a powerplay came out of arguably the best series the Caps had all season. Alas, the powerplay came to no success. Still 3-1.
Welp, there’s the game. After a very iffy charging call on Ovi, Bergeron scores his second of the day. Holtby was preocupied with a Bruin falling into him and Begeron scored a “gimme” on the open net.
Caps got a goal back with a minute left. Kuzya scored on a bad play by Chad Johnson. On a hard angle, Kuzya sent it in on the empty net. Nothing but a stats goal. Game was over well before this.
This team played a desperate game. After a shaky first and a disgraceful second, they played for the third period. That’s not a style you want to see from a professional hockey team.
Parting thought: Holtby is still a beast. Also, this guy has no friends.