3 p.m., Verizon Center
TV: NBC | Radio: 1500 AM
Series tied at 3
Updates follow in reverse-chronological order:
Postgame: We knew this series had featured some close contests, but turns out it’s been historically tight. Via the Elias Sports Bureau: This is the first time in NHL history six straight games in a series have been decided by one goal.
— Here’s Alex Ovechkin on the Caps’ chances heading back to Boston for Game 7: “It’s difficult, but I don’t think it’s going to be hard. It’s going to be a 50-50 game, 50-50 chances.”
Both teams certainly have experience in Game 7s. Boston will be facing its fifth Game 7 in the last six playoff series, including three en route to winning the Stanley Cup last year. The Caps will be playing their fifth Game 7 in seven series; last year was the first since 2008 in which they played no seven-game series.
3:17 OT: Tyler Seguin ends it in OT — good timing for his first goal of these playoffs — to give the Bruins a 4-3 victory, and we head back to Boston for the decisive Game 7 on Wednesday.
Gotta run but we’ll have much more to come later, so stay tuned. See Seguin’s game-winning goal after the jump.
Overtime: Caps win the faceoff, overtime is underway.
Int: Neil: Final scoring chances for regulation were 20-14 in Washington’s favor. Ovechkin leads team with five, including the goal that sent it to OT.
Marcus Johansson has been on the ice for 12 of Caps 20 chances-for.
End regulation: We head now to the third overtime game of the series. They keep it interesting.
15:08 3rd: Backstrom wins the faceoff and Alex Ovechkin with a slapshot that beats Thomas five-hole to tie it up at 3. Now fans are chanting “THO-MAS.” I think. May have lost hearing. Um, it’s loud.
11:57 3rd: After Seguin strips Semin of the puck, Ference scores on a rebound, Bruins take a 3-2 lead — their third of the game.
8:50 3rd: Pouliot in the box for roughing.
7:04 3rd: Hey look, it’s John Wall on the Jumbotron. (I didn’t get a pic. But pretend you’re looking.)
2:01 3rd: Caps’ PKers hold up. Back to even strength in a huge-as-huge-gets third period.
Still 2nd int: Via NHL Players as Kids, here’s a pic of Alexander Semin on some kind of rowing machine as a lad in Russia. Why not?
Also, via @wyshynski, here’s that blown dive/interference call, depending on whose side you’re on:
2nd int: Neil: Chances were 7-4 Caps. Boston had no chances through the first 11 minutes of the second but managed to get three in the last half of period. Hendricks had two chances that period and is now tied for team lead with Backstrom for the game.
End 2nd: Caps will have to come back and kill off 1:23 of a 4-on-3 in the third. Pouliot (slash) and Brouwer (roughing) in the box for matching minors and Hendricks off for tripping.
19:18 2nd: Backstrom sends a perfectly-placed pass to Chimera, who taps it in to tie the game at 2 — after taking down Marchand on his way to the net. Lots of shoving after the goal. Bruins think that should have been a penalty, and maybe it should have been — he was bleeding after the play. Marchand, though, has taken quite a few dives this series.
15:44 2nd: Bergeron goes off for catching Semin in the face with a high stick. It looked like the Caps were going to have to go four-on-four with too many men on the ice, but refs didn’t call it. As RMNB put it, “The Caps have just literally gotten away with murder. Literally.” Literally.
14:29 2nd: Apparently Chris Kelly is not a very good actor. Tried and failed to sell a cross-check by Hamrlik in front of the Caps’ net.
11:01 2nd: Marcus Johansson with the Caps’ best chance of the period on an open net, but Thomas’s stick gets a piece of it.
Neil: Caps with the only scoring chances so far (3) thru 11 min of second period. Boston has just two shots, and neither closer than 46 feet.
6:00 2nd: Caps fans are on their feet after a big kill. Back to even strength. Shots are 13-12 in Washington’s favor, with Boston only mustering a single shot on the man advantage.
1:57 2nd: Ovechkin gets a double-minor for high sticking Chara and cutting up the big d-man’s nose. Fans are angry and chanting at refs, but, well, it seemed pretty clear cut.
1:22 2nd: Amusing scene here as the ice crew is trying to fix the glass near the Caps bench and Ovechkin is seemingly trying to help, pointing something out with his stick.
End 1st: Neil: Washington had eight scoring chances on the 13 shots they directed at net (goals, saved and missed) in the first. Boston was six for their 16 but they still lead 2-1 where it counts. Backstrom led the Caps with two scoring chances.
Teams are 14-11 this postseason when leading after the first period.
19:25 1st: Brouwer is renting out some office space in the crease, and it’s getting to Thomas. Caps had a couple good looks on the power play but no dice.
17:22 1st: Krejci knocks one in through Holtby’s pads to get the Bruins their one-goal lead back. 2-1 Boston. But now Chris Kelly gets called for holding the stick, giving Caps a chance to get back to even to close out the period.
1 6:02 1st: Semin goes off for hooking. Caps’ PK goes for two in a row.
12:54 1st: Seguin draws a penalty, Chimera for hooking.
10:01 1st: Bergeron trips Karl Alzner and the Caps get their first power play of the game.
9:47 1st: Mike Green scores with a blast from the point — may have gone off Zanon. That’s the Caps defenseman’s first goal since Oct. 22. Tied at 1.
5:56 1st: Peverley deflects a shot by Ference to put the Bruins up 1-0. Bergeron might have gotten a piece of it, though — they’re crediting him with the goal on the official scoresheet. Update: They changed it to Peverley.
As John Feinstein points out, that’s the first time Boston has been up 1-0 in this series (aside from the Game 1 overtime win).
Neil: Teams that score first in the playoffs are 24-15 (.615) this postseason. They were 68-21 (.764) last postseason.
5:30 1st: Boston with a couple good chances early, including Seguin outskating Green early and nearly scoring on Holtby. Shots are 3-2 Boston.
2:52 p.m.: Here’s Washington’s lineup for Game 6:
Joe Corvo and Patrice Bergeron are, by all appearances, in Boston’s lineup today. Here are the Bruins’ lines, via the Globe. Update: Nope, Corvo — who went down yesterday blocking a Marcus Johansson shot — is out after all. Shawn Thornton is out as well. Mike Mottau and Jordan Caron will be in Boston’s lineup.
Also, in case you missed it (I know you didn’t), the Flyers just wrapped up their series with Pittsburgh with a 5-1 victory in Game 6. A rather stunning collapse for the team that many predicted to win the Cup.
Philly is now the first team from the East through to the next round — thanks in large part to some woeful goaltending by Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury. Should be interesting to see how the Flyers fare in the next round, because they’ve got some goalie issues of their own with $51 million man Ilya Bryzgalov (4.55 GAA, .848 save percentage).
2:42 p.m.: From Neil: Is tonight a must win for the boys in red? When leading an NHL playoff series three games to two, Washington has a 5-4 series record and a 5-4 Game 6 record. When Caps have lost Game 6 after having led a playoff series 3-2, they are 0-4 in Game 7.
2:37 p.m.: From Katie, here are some Caps talking before the game about coming back less than 24 hours after a big win and trying to close out this series:
Brooks Laich on playing in back-to-back games in the playoffs: “It can work in your favor if you’ve got momentum but also for the other team, having lost yesterday, they’re still frustrated and mad so they’re going to come back with a better effort. I don’t really know if it’s a hindrance or it can help you.”
Matt Hendricks: “I think both teams are probably a little fatigued, bumps and bruises have been taking a toll throughout the series. I know that’s not going to be in the back of anyone’s minds when we get there on the ice.”
2:15 p.m.: Greetings from Verizon Center, where it’s nice and chilly — looking at a perfect sheet of ice here as we wait for the puck to drop on Game 6. The Caps, as you well know, can clinch their first-round series against Boston with a win this afternoon.
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