7:30 p.m., TD Garden
TV: CSN, NBCSN | Radio: 1500 AM
— 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
— Interactive: Capitals vs. Bruins shot tracker
Live updates are in reverse-chronological order after the jump.
Lindsay, 1:18 OT: Chris Kelly wins it quickly for Boston, blasting a shot past Holtby from the left circle. Killer end for the Caps and for Holtby, who kept them in it. Ovechkin skates right over to the rookie netminder and pats him on the head. The rest of the team follows.
That’s it for tonight. Thanks for joining us — see you Saturday at 3 p.m. for Game 2.
Neil, end of regulation: Chances were 5-0 Caps in the third making it 7-12 for regulation. Real surprise that Laich is 1 for 6 so far in defensive zone faceoffs — all against Patrice Bergeron.
End of regulation: Thanks to the CSN guys for this one: First time in Caps playoff history it's been scoreless after 60 minutes.
Lindsay: This is how I’ll think of Braden Holtby in Game 1 (photo by Jonathan Newton):
Tarik, 16:30 3rd per: Fans here at TD Garden getting antsy. Bruins have had SOOO many chances. Holtby has stopped a bunch; they've blown a bunch.
Lindsay, 13:02 3rd per: Holtby maybe a little too comfortable playing the puck. Every Caps fan screaming at the TV, “GET BACK IN THAT CREASE!!”
Neil, 9:00 3rd per: Caps with all four of the scoring chances in the third with 11 min left to play in regulation.
Lindsay: Brief interruption: Rangers beat the Sens, 4-2, in Game 1.
Lindsay, 6:07 3rd per: Nope, no goal. But the Caps have at least gotten some good looks this frame. They’re up 4-0 in shots.
Lindsay, 3:12 3rd per: Caps get a power play, Chara for cross-checking. Washington’s got to take advantage of Boston’s top penalty killer not being on the ice. Or, you know, at least take some shots.
Lindsay, 0:57 3rd per: Thomas very annoyed after Hendricks and Ference come hurtling by and Ference knocks his mask right off.
Lindsay, 2nd intermission: The Caps are lucky the Bruins’ power play is so futile (0 for 4). They’re also really lucky their rookie third-string netminder has been so solid. Thomas, meantime, needs a Sudoku or something to keep him occupied. He’s faced just seven shots total and only two in the second period.
Neil, end of 2nd per: Chances were 8-2 in Boston's favor in second. Zero chances for Ovechkin. Zero shots for Great Eight on goal too.
Lindsay, 18:35 2nd per: Johansson just blocked a Boychuk shot with his jaw/ear/somewhere that would seemingly hurt a lot.
Lindsay, 15:18 2nd per: In his first-ever NHL playoff game, Braden Holtby has turned away all 26 Bruins shots he’s faced so far. 17 of those have come in this period alone.
Lindsay, 12:42 2nd per: Right after Krejci and Carlson go off for roughing, Holtby gets called for roughing while trying to protect his crease. 4-on-3 hockey is not what the Caps need right now.
Tarik, 10:00 2nd per: Caps escaped about six straight minutes of penalty-kill time. After a double minor to Beagle and delay penalty on Brouwer, they can't afford any more careless penalties. The Bruins’ power play is struggling, but it's going to get one sooner or later.
Katie, 8:43 2nd per: I know everyone, including myself, talked about Ovi vs. Chara heading into this series — but the more fun matchup may be Ovi vs. Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. The two have been searching for big hits against the other all night.
Lindsay 4:56 2nd per: Well, the Caps’ penalty killers just survived 6 near-straight minutes, and they’ll have the bruises to show for it. Green, Wideman, Johansson, Hamrlik all eating rubber there.
Katie: Killer penalty for Brouwer to take there right after the double minor to Beagle expired. Caps were hanging on there late in the PK, now they're back on it.
Lindsay, 2:29 2nd per: Caps barely get a break killing off that Beagle double minor before they have to get back on the PK after a delay of game by Troy Brouwer. Ouch.
Lindsay, first intermission: The Caps and Bruins dished out 14 hits apiece in a physical-as-advertised first period. Four of those came from Alex Ovechkin, whose lone shot attempt was blocked. Bruins lead in shots, 9-5.
Neil, end of 1st per: Caps had just one scoring chance in first with 9:43 left to go (Chimera). Boston had four. Neither team had a scoring chance in the period's last 9 minutes.
Lindsay, 18:27 1st per: Jay Beagle heads to the box, a double minor for high sticking Krejci off the draw. Dale Hunter is not happy. <-- understatement
Katie, 15:05 1st per: Not sure if it showed on TV, but when Holtby stopped the puck back on the goal line he slammed his stick on the ice. Even he looks irritated with how ineffective the Caps’ power play is.
Tarik, 13:30 1st per: So far the Bruins are living up to their physical reputation. Marchand has hit Green hard. Thornton crushed Johansson. Krejci drove Wideman into the end boards, drawing a penalty.
Lindsay, 12:54 1st per: First power play of the game goes to the Caps, thanks to David Krejci, who gets two minutes for boarding Dennis Wideman.
Tarik: Tom Poti just dropped by the press box. “Frustrating year,” he said. (More on that here.)
Lindsay, 8:19 1st per: Perreault is back on the ice now. He just took a wrist shot and seems fine.
Katie: Matthieu Perreault had some trouble getting to the bench after the puck hit him in the foot. He was just helped to the Caps’ dressing room.
Lindsay, 7:24 p.m.: While we wait for the puck to drop, here’s an interesting-ish fact from the Bruins’ handy media notes: In both of the only two playoff series between the Caps and Bruins, the winner has advanced to the Stanley Cup finals: Boston in 1990 and Washington in 1998. Both teams ended up losing in the finals, though, Boston to Edmonton and Washington to Detroit.
(I said interesting-ish.)
Lindsay, 7:12 p.m.:
Scratches: Michal Neuvirth (left leg), Tomas Vokoun (groin), Mike Knuble, Jeff Halpern, Dmitry Orlov, Cody Eakin, Mattias Sjogren.
Lindsay, 7 p.m.: Warmup is underway at TD Garden. Center Jay Beagle, who missed the morning skate, is on the ice, as is winger Mike Knuble. Lines are coming soon.
For now, here are some (non-fancy) starts on your starting netminders:
— Tim Thomas: 35-19-1, 2.36 GAA, .920 save percentage
— Braden Holtby: 4-2-1, 2.50 GAA, .922 save percentage
In 23 career regular season games against Washington, Thomas is 14-5-3 with a 2.46 GAA and .923 save percentage, with one shutout. He has a 26-17 career playoff record with a 2.06 GAA and .935 Save percentage. Holtby, meantime, is a sparkling1-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA and 1.000 save percentage in one career game against Boston, a relief appearance on Nov. 5, 2010. He is also a perfect 0-0-0 in the NHL playoffs. So who really has the edge?
Lindsay, 5:45 p.m.: Welcome to the Capitals postseason. I’m Lindsay, the hockey editor, and I’ll soon be joined here by resident #fancystats expert Neil Greenberg.
We’ll be live blogging throughout Game 1, with reporters Katie Carrera and Tarik El-Bashir occasionally chiming in from TD Garden. Neil will also be providing updates on puck possession and scoring chance info (more on that here) in between yelling upstairs to his mom for more meatloaf.
Tonight’s game airs on CSN locally and NBCSN elsewhere. We’ll be back soon with some pregame notes and tonight’s lineups. In the meantime, comments are open as usual, and we’ll be chatting there as well.