3 p.m., TD Garden
TV: NBC | Radio: 1500 AM
Caps lead series, 3-2
Updates follow in reverse-chronological order:
End of regulation: 4-3 Washington is the final, and the Caps now head back home with a chance to knock the defending Stanley Cup champions out in the first round. Holtby finishes with 34 saves; 32 for Thomas.
More to come, so stay tuned.
19:00 3rd: Off goes Tim Thomas.
18:33 3rd: Brouwer’s second goal of the playoffs gives the Caps their lead back. 4-3 with 1:27 to play.
17:10 3rd: Big-time power play coming up for the Caps as Pouliot is called for a slash on Backstrom’s leg.
8:47 3rd: Had to see that one coming, right? Boychuk breaks the Bruins’ woeful power-play skid, putting one over Holtby’s glove. Tied at 3.
7:29 3rd: Wideman, already in the doghouse, cross-checks Marchand. Bruins get a chance to improve that 0-for-14 power play.
5:58 3rd: Huge toe save by Holtby completely robs Tyler Seguin. Gonna need a GIF of that one.
The Caps are going to need to step it up, though — Bruins are really pressing hard now, with six shots to Washington’s two.
3:21 3rd: Thomas gives up a rebound to Mike Knuble, who puts it in the net to seize back the lead. 3-2 Caps. The 39-year-old winger was a healthy scratch the first three games of these playoffs, but I’m thinking he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow in D.C.
End of 2nd: Dennis Wideman has been on the ice for all but two of his former team’s nine goals this series. Not so good.
Bruins now have all the momentum going into the third.
17:49 2nd: That comfy lead did not last long. Ovechkin gets completely outworked in the neutral zone by Seidenberg, who rips it past Holtby to cut the lead to one. Then 28 seconds later, Marchand stuffs a loose puck through Holtby’s pads for his first goal of the playoffs. TD Garden errupts. Tied at 2.
14:27 2nd: Dear diary, Today I scored my first NHL playoff goal.
Jay Beagle, easily one of the Caps’ best players this postseason, was long overdue after getting robbed twice by Thomas in previous games. Beats Thomas’s glove, and now we have the first two-goal lead of the series.
12:39 2nd: Shortly after getting the assist on Semin’s goal, Wideman blocks two shots in a span of 5 seconds and skates off to the bench.
11:16 2nd: After ex-Cap Joe Corvo goes down blocking a shot, Alexander Semin collects a rebound and scores his third goal of the playoffs. Julien furious that the refs didn’t stop play with Corvo down. 1-0 Caps.
9:30 2nd: I should probably mention how good Tim Thomas has been too. He just made an absolutely unreal save on Joel Ward.
3:09 2nd: Holtby denies Marchand on a slick backhand. As many have pointed out, this all feels very Halak 2010.
2nd period: Chara took a Jason Chimera elbow to the head near the end of the first and stayed down for a few seconds, but he’s skating and seems fine. Update: He’s not happy, though, seen delivering some likely not G-rated words to the Caps bench.
1st intermission: In case you missed it earlier in the period, NBC played a clip of Alex Ovechkin very, very awkwardly introducing his linemates. Via RMNB:
End of 1st: No score after 20 minutes. The Bruins are clearly frustrated — both by Holtby and the posts that robbed them this period. Washington leads 12-9 in shots.
14:42 1st: Hamrlik called for hooking, and the Caps’ PK gets back to work.
11:40 1st: Chara goes to the box after a big check on Ovechkin followed by some more shoving after the whistle. Caps will have a 4-on-3 here.
10:20 1st: Brouwer and Paille go off for matching minors when things get chippy before faceoff.
4:46 1st: Caps kill off the 13th straight Boston power play, thanks in part to the post making a save on a Chara slapshot.
2:30 1st: John Carlson comes hurdling right into Tim Thomas and makes no effort to stop, earning himself a penalty early.
3:20 p.m.: Aaand we’re off. From the Interesting Facts Dept., here’s one way to quanify how much more physical things get in the playoffs: Boston has seen an increase from 21.7 regular season hits per game to 42.0 during the playoffs. Washington has gone from averaging 24.1 hits per game in the regular season to 37.5 in the playoffs.
2:47 p.m.: Via Katie at TD Garden: Mathieu Perreault is out for the Caps today. It’s unclear if the center is healthy or still feeling the effects of a slash he took in Game 4.
2:30 p.m.: Greetings from the Post, where I’m getting ready for a grueling set of back-to-back game-watching over the next two days. It’s not good to sit so much, so remember to get up every so often and stretch (your arm into the fridge for another cold beverage).
Mike Knuble will again be in the lineup for the Caps, as will Nicklas Backstrom, back from his one-game suspension. Stay tuned for full lineups.