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Capitals take Game 5, Bruins a loss away from elimination

04.21.12 at 5:53 pm ET


Troy Brouwer’s second goal of the day put the Capitals one win away from eliminating the Bruins as Washington took a 3-2 series lead with Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Bruins.

With Benoit Pouliot in the box for a highly questionable slashing call, Brouwer beat Thomas with a wrist shot after the Bruins had come back twice in the game.

Johnny Boychuk wasn’t supposed to be on the Bruins’ power play, but they were lucky he was. With both Patrice Bergeron and Joe Corvo dealing with injuries, Tyler Seguin was moved up to the top power play unit and Brad Marchand and Boychuk were moved onto the second unit for a third-period power play with the B’s trailing by one. Boychuk tied the game with a blast from the left point that beat Brayden Holtby and send the Garden into a frenzy. The goal was Boston’s first power-play tally this series.

After a scoreless first period, Washington took a 2-0 lead on a couple of bad breaks for the Bruins in the second period. Joe Corvo was in obvious pain after blocking a shot from Marcus Johansson, and Alexendar Semin buried a rebound in front. Johnny Boychuk then contested a Jay Beagle shot, forcing it to skip and find its way past Tim Thomas. The Bruins then tied the game with two goals in a 28-second span, getting tallies from Dennis Seidenberg and Marchand.

The teams will have another day game Sunday when they take the ice for Game 6 at 3 p.m. at the Verizon Center. If necessary, Game 7 will be played on Wednesday at TD Garden.


Tyler Seguin once again had a better effort than he did in his first three games, but he wasn’t able to bury two big opportunities in the third period. He was robbed by Holtby on what was perhaps the save of the series when the rookie goaltenbder somehow got his right pad on Seguin’s rebound bid in front. Seguin had a similar opportunity in the final 10 minutes of the game but missed the net.

– Watch Patrice Bergeron going forward, as he played sparingly late in the game.

– The refs missed a call in the final minute of the first period, as Jason Chimera got Zdeno Chara with an elbow to the back of the head in the corner that went unpunished. Chara remained down on the ice for a few seconds before eventually getting up and skating off at the end of the period.

– Speaking of things missed, it looked like Alexander Ovechkin cross-checked a Bruins player up high again. This time, it came against Chara, as the two were going at it at the end of a shift in 4-on-4 play in the first period. Chara was the only player penalized on the play, as he was sent of for roughing, giving the Capitals a 4-on-3.

Chara now has four minor penalties in five games this postseason.

– Speaking of posts and special teams, Daniel Paille had his latest shorthanded breakaway in the first period when Chara was in the box. With Dennis Wideman giving chase, Paille had Holtby beat but hit the left post.


– Once they took the 2-0 lead, the Capitals were in perfect position to sit back, shut it down in the neutral zone and block shots in their own zone. A pass from David Krejci to Lucic through the neutral zone changed that, as Lucic took the feed at the blue line, entered the Washington zone and dished to Seidenberg. Marchand tied it up 28 seconds later.

– The Bruins are now 1-for-15 — progress — on the power play this series after going 1-for-3 on Saturday. The top unit of Chara, Rich Peverley, Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic looked better than in games past, as they stayed in the Washington zone, moved the puck well and got solid opportunities. Chara had a couple of bombs from the top of the right circle on the B’s first power play, but one rang off the post and the other was stopped by Karl Alzner.

– Marchand did not play on the fourth line after skating with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton in Friday’s practice and Saturday’s warmups. He skated with Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley while Daniel Paille remained with Thornton and Campbell.

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