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Capitals take Game 2 in double overtime

04.14.12 at 6:44 pm ET


The Capitals evened the series at one game apiece as Nicklas Backstrom scored 2:56 into the second overtime period to give Washington a 2-1 victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Benoit Pouliot scored his first career playoff goal in the third period to tie the game, and the teams finished regulation knotted at one with nearly identical shots on goal (30-29, Bruins).

With Braden Holtby stepping out to clear a puck heading to the net, Pouliot turned on the jets and got to the puck just in time to chip it over the 22-year-old goaltender to tie the game.

The Capitals had initially taken the lead in the second period when they got their first goal of the series at 17:57 of the second period. Troy Brouwer poked the puck under the gloves of Greg Zanon and Tim Thomas to give Washington the 1-0 lead.

Holtby had 29 saves in regulation for the Capitals, while Thomas stopped 28 of 29 shots in the first three periods. The Bruins outshot the Capitals by an 11-8 count in the first overtime period.

The series will move to Washington for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Thursday, respectively.


– Brouwer’s second-period goal ended Tim Thomas‘ postseason shutout streak 161:41. Thomas was coming off two straight shutouts, as he blanked the Canucks in Game 7 last June and the Capitals on Thursday night. The last playoff goal he had allowed prior to Brouwer’s was a Maxim Lapierre tally at 17:34 of the third period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals.

– Once again, Braden Holtby was sharp for the Capitals. After keeping the Bruins off the board through regulation in Game 1, Holtby came up with some big stops on Bergeron, amongst others, and kept the game scoreless when the Bruins had a flurry of opportunities in the second period prior to Brouwer’s goal. His work continued into the third period, was he robbed Brad Marchand in front with around 12 minutes to go.

– After being kept quiet in Game 1, Alexander Ovechkin was more involved Saturday. He had far more opportunities and picked up the primary assist on Brouwer’s goal, meaning he has still never gone two straight playoff games without a point. He also got away with a second-period cross-check of Dennis Seidenberg that went unpenalized.

Patrice Bergeron, was the best statistical faceoff man in the league during the regular season, won only three of eight draws in the first period. He went 3-for-6 on faceoffs in the second period, and his work from the dot was far below his 59.3 mark before turning it around to the point where he was 13-for-22 after the first OT.


– In his first 22 career playoff games, Benoit Pouliot had two points (both assists). All of those games came as a bottom-six forward (21 in Montreal, one in Minnesota), but Pouliot has matched that point total with a goal and an assist in his first two postseason contests as a Bruin. Further proof that being a third-liner for Claude Julien provides more opportunities than being a third-liner elsewhere.

– Pouliot is no strange to taking penalties in the offensive zone, but he drew one in the first period after some fancy stick work around Mike Green. Unfortunately for the Bruins, they would not convert on the power play and finished the day 0-for-2 on the man advantage.

– The Merlot Line had a difficult time sustaining pressure in the offensive zone in Game 1, but the trio was much better on Saturday. Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton combined for eight shots on goal and didn’t find themselves stuck in their own end like they did Thursday.

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