With both the Capitals and Bruins looking to find their offense after a tight-checking, one-goal series opener, defenseman Karl Alzner thinks Game 2 may have a different feel to it.
“I think you’re probably going to see a bit of a different game,” Alzner said. “Both teams are going to want to come out and create more offense and spark the teams. It’s nice when you can go 60 minutes without letting a team score but you want to score goals. I think you’re going to see maybe a little bit more loose of a game.”
To create offensive pressure and test Boston goaltender Tim Thomas much more than they did in Game 1, the Capitals know they need to work at getting their cycle going and start spending some time in the opposite zone.
Because the Bruins aren’t going to leave much time or space for Washington’s skilled forwards to create plays on the fly.
“You’ve got to create it from behind the goal line,” Troy Brouwer said. “We love to create off the rush, but their D are standing up, they have good gaps, so we’ve got to find ways to get pucks in, recover the pucks and cycle from behind the net and create offense from down low.”
Said Nicklas Backstrom: “It’s tight back there. But hopefully they’ll do some mistakes and we’ll make sure we do something good about that…. I think we go to get more shots and work their ‘D’ a little bit more on the cycle. Boston is a great team. You’re not going to get a lot of chances. But we got to make sure we do something good about our chances.”
Coach Dale Hunter said the Capitals wouldn’t make any lineup changes for Game 2 but we’ll have to wait and see if he plans on tweaking the line combinations. In practice Friday, everything was the same from Game 1.
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