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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Capitals’ lines remain the same after being shut out by Bruins in Game 1


Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby practice in Boston Friday. (Jonathan Newton - WASHINGTON POST)
The Capitals didn’t score a goal in Game 1 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series and only fired 17 shots on Boston netminder Tim Thomas, with nine coming in the third period.

Despite a sporadic showing from the offense (more on that in Tarik’s On Hockey column), in practice on Friday Washington’s forward lines remained the same.

“You can mix around lines but pretty much even strength, it was an even battle both ways, through the whole thing until their overtime goal,” Coach Dale Hunter said. “It was pretty much even at even strength. Power-play time, they did have some more scoring chances than us because they did have more power-play time.”

Here are those forward combinations:

Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer
Chimera-Backstrom-Semin
Hendricks-Beagle-Johansson
Aucoin-Perreault-Ward

Knuble, Halpern, Eakin and Sjogren all wore powder-blue jerseys and worked as extras.

The defensemen didn’t skate in pairs, so it’s tough to know if Hunter will choose to make any tweaks there, but all eight blueliners were on the ice.

Additonal quick notes from what was an upbeat, loose practice at TD Garden.

— Braden Holtby and Dany Sabourin took part in the main workout with the rest of the team but injured goaltender Michal Neuvirth did eventually make his way out on to the ice.

Neuvirth, who suffered an apparent injury to his left leg on April 5, took shots and worked with goaltending coaches Dave Prior and Olie Kolzig. Neuvirth is progressing in his recovery but he still wasn’t demonstrating his usual explosiveness in net and crispness of movement.

— Marcus Johansson said he was fine after being hit by two shots last night. The sophomore center did need some stitches on his left cheek though from when the puck hit the side of his head.

— Power-play units today featured a first unit with Brooks Laich, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin with Alex Ovechkin and Dennis Wideman on the points. The second unit included Troy Brouwer, Johansson, Keith Aucoin with Dennis Wideman and John Carlson on the points.

More on the Capitals:
Krejci says he’s fine for Game 2
The hit heard’round the NHL
Game 1: Capitals fall to Bruins in OT
Ovechkin needs to focus on offense
Nothing but praise for Braden Holtby
Photos: Scenes from Game 1 at TD Garden
First-round NHL playoff schedule
Interactive: Capitals vs. Bruins shot tracker.

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