Bruins Live Blog: Nicklas Backstrom Lifts Capitals to 2-1 Win in Double Overtime to Even Series


Bruins Live Blog: Nicklas Backstrom Lifts Capitals to 2-1 Win in Double Overtime to Even Series

Final, Capitals 2-1 (2OT): The Capitals have evened the series, with Nicklas Backstrom scoring 2:56 into the second overtime.

He fired in a shot from the left circle close to the spot where Chris Kelly ended Game 1 in OT.

The series now shifts to D.C. for the next two games, with Game 3 on tap for Monday night.

Double Overtime, 0:00, 1-1: The second overtime periods here at the Garden is under way, with both teams looking for a way to end this marathon.

Fourth Intermission Notes: Yep, you read that right. It's fourth intermission time before we head into double overtime.

The Bruins now lead 41-37 in shots, including 11-8 in the first overtime. But Washington has a 25-7 edge in blocked shots and the Bruins have also missed 15 other attempts. Every Bruin except Joe Corvo has a shot on goal, and he's had five attempts (3 blocked, 2 missed).

It's been a physical affair. The hits are now 40-35 in favor of the capitals, but both teams will need plenty of ice packs after this one.

End First Overtime, 1-1: One overtime period won't settle this one. We're headed to double OT tied at 1-1 in this one here at the Garden.

Overtime, 16:00, 1-1: The Bruins get away with an icing call with the fourth line on the ice, clearing the puck after the faceoff. Daniel Paille did pay a price as he was leveled by Mike Green with a huge hit along the wall.

Overtime, 13:18, 1-1: The Capitals are surging now with Keith Aucoin getting the chance in front as he pounces on a loose puck. The Caps keep the pressure on until Thomas can finally tie it up for a faceoff.

Overtime, 10:18, 1-1: Thomas is tested quickly out of the break, but comes up with the glove save on Jay Beagle's shot from the slot.

Overtime, 10:04, 1-1: Midway through this first overtime period and we have a break in the action to clean up the ice. There's no TV timeouts in overtime, so this is the one stoppage for players to catch a blow.

Overtime, 6:45, 1-1: Chris Kelly almost ended another game, but can't put home the feed from Pouliot at the right post as he drives the net.

Overtime, 4:58, 1-1: The Krejci line applying pressure deep, forcing Washington to ice the puck, then use its timeout to give its players a breather.

Overtime, 2:34, 1-1: This one has already gone longer than Game 1. The Bruins continue to roll four lines, even in OT. The fourth line just got a shift. If this one goes really long, that could be a huge advantage with the Bruins fresher late.

Overtime, 0:00, 1-1: Sudden death is under way here at the Garden. Will this one take longer than the 1:18 Boston needed to end Game 1?

Third Intermission Notes: The Bruins got the goal they needed to stay alive in this one, but still need another as Boston and Washington head to sudden-death OT again tied 1-1.

Once again, it was the third line that delivered the huge goal for the Bruins, this time with Benoit Pouliot scoring from Chris Kelly and Brian Rolston. That line was outstanding in the final weeks of the regular season and they have carried it over to the playoffs, scoring Boston's only two goals so far in the series. But the Bruins need some production from elsewhere in the lineup, especially from their top two lines.

The Caps actually outshot Boston 13-8 in the third despite the Bruins trailing for most of the frame. Boston does have a 30-29 edge overall. The Bruins are also up 32-29 in hits in what has been a physical affair. Patrice Bergeron leads with five hits as he has been unusually feisty in this one. Boston still needs to do a better job of getting shots through to Braden Holtby. Washington has a 17-4 edge in blocked shots and the Bruins have also missed the net 12 times.

End Regulation, 1-1: And we'll be going to overtime again here at the Garden. For the second time in as many games this series, 60 minutes just won't be enough to settle this one.

Third Period, 17:34, 1-1: The Capitals threaten again with a scrum in front of the Bruins net. David Krejci clears out Backstrom by taking him down to the ice in a headlock. No penalties called.

Third Period, 15:17, 1-1: The Capitals nearly answer, but Thomas snuffs out a wraparound attempt by Nicklas Backstrom at the left post to keep it tied.

Third Period, 12:13, 1-1: The Bruins pull even as Benoit Pouliot drives hard to the net for the tying goal.

Chris Kelly dropped a pass to Brian Rolston, whose shot from the left wing was blocked in front. But Pouliot followed it up and chipped the puck up and over Holtby from the slot as he crashed into the netminder.

Third Period, 11:11, Capitals 1-0: The Bruins are starting to take more chances with their defensemen pinching in and joining the rush. Time is running out to tie this one up, but they have to be careful not to give the Caps too many chances to extend the lead on the counterattack. There have been a couple odd-man rushes already this period.

Third Period, 8:18, Capitals 1-0: The Bruins continue to threaten, with Brad Marchand getting the latest chance in front. Boston up 26-25 in shots but still trailing by a goal in what has been a much more wide-open game despite the lack of scoring.

Third Period, 6:28, Capitals 1-0: The hitting continues, with the Bruins dishing out the punishment now. Daniel Paille buried Keith Aucoin, then Johnny Boychuk drilled Alexander Semin in a pair of huge hits.

Third Period, 3:35, Capitals 1-0: Good up and down action to start the third period, but the Bruins still have not been able to get anything by Holtby.

Third Period, 0:00, Capitals 1-0: The final frame is under way here at the Garden, where the Bruins will need a rally to avoid going to Washington with the series tied at a game apiece.

It's 5 on 5 to start the third, as there were no penalties from that scrum at the end of the second.

Second Intermission Notes: The Capitals finally broke through with a bit of a strange goal late in the second, but it's the only goal they've scored in two goals and it's enough for a 1-0 lead after two periods.

It wasn't a thing of beauty, but the goal did come with the Ovechkin line on the ice without Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg out opposite them. The Capitals finally got Ovechkin free from that matchup and he picked up the assist when he threw the puck to the front and hit Greg Zanon, then Troy Brouwer banged it home under Tim Thomas. Thomas ends his playoff shutout streak at 161 minutes, 41 seconds.

Washington was more physical in the second, outhitting Boston 13-9 in the second, though the Bruins still lead 21-18 overall. The Bruins also continue to lead in shots 22-16 (12-7 in second) and scoring chances, but young goalie Braden Holtby continues to keep the Bruins at bay.

End Second Period, Capitals 1-0: The middle frame comes to a close with more nastiness as all the players on the ice come together in a lengthy scrum. Patrice Bergeron, who has been feisty all day, was in the middle of it tangling with Nicklas Backstrom in an unlikely matchup, but cooler heads eventually prevailed and no full-fledged fights developed.

Second Period, 17:57, Capitals 1-0: Well there's finally a goal on the board, but it isn't in the Bruins favor.

Washington forward Troy Brouwer slipped a rebound past Tim Thomas and the Capitals took the 1-0 lead.

Second Period, 15:18, 0-0: The Bruins still getting shut out of some great looks by the rookie Holtby.

Brian Rolston had a few good looks from out in front of the net, but Holtby was able to adjust to the shot and deflect both of the wide.

The chance came on a Bergeron chance from just right of the net. Marchand fed him a sweet-looking pass from the behind the net and Bergy's shot just got denied by Holtby's stick.

Second Period, 11:11, 0-0: Marchand gets called for a high-sticking penalty to give the Capitals another power play to work with.

The penalty looked more like an inadvertent high stick, as Marchand was trying to pull away from the Caps' player but got tangled up.

Ovechkin out on the ice to try and give Washington their first lead of the series.

Second Period, 10:48, 0-0: The Bruins nearly convert on a terrific scoring chance out in front of the Capitals net.

Daniel Paille queued up a shot from just inside the left circle, and Gregory Campbell nearly sent it right through Holtby's five hole on the rebound. Another great save by the young goaltender keeps this game all knotted up at 0-0 with about nine to go in the second period.

Second Period, 8:10, 0-0: This one's starting to get chippy.

Seidenberg and Ovechkin get tangled and start going at along the boards in the Capitals zone. Seidenberg looked to get a solid shot in on the Caps' leading scorer, but as both teams converged the refs got in between and broke things up.

Just before the skirmish broke out, Benoit Pouliot had a great chance from nearly the exact spot Chris Kelly scored the game winner in game 1. But to no avail, as the shot sailed wide of Braden Holtby.

Second Period, 6:27, 0-0: Still no answer from either side. Although a great scoring chance by the Capitals on a slap shot from the point.

The Capitals seem to be the more aggressive group so far, really making strides to attack Tim Thomas at every turn.

Second Period, 4:19, 0-0: Great scoring chance by the B's on the power play, as Bergeron nearly slaps one past Braden Holtby. 

The man advantage again goes by with nothing to show for it from Boston. The B's will need to capitalize on some opportunities if they expect to take a lead in this one.

Second Period, 1:52, 0-0: B's back on the power play looking to take the lead.

Roman Hamrlik gets two minutes for cross checking. The nasty penalty nearly broke out a big fight between the two sides as the gloves were about ready to be dropped.

Second Period, 1:18, 0-0: Big turnover by the Bruins in the neutral zone. Ovechkin had a chance but was hacked.

Defense really needs to take care of the puck if they expect to have any shot in this one.

First Intermission Notes: It's another scoreless start, but this opening period was a little more wide open than the start of Game 1.

The Bruins still lead in shots, but it's tight at 10-9 and the Capitals have had a lot more chances than they did early in the first game. Dale Hunter has tried to get Alex Ovechkin out on the ice more and has freed him from the Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg pairing once or twice, but that duo has been out opposite him for most of his shifts. Ovechkin has two shots and two missed shots, already doubling his effort from Game 1. He has just one hit though, as does Seidenberg as that battle has calmed a bit. the Bruins do have a 12-5 edge in hits, with 11 different players recording at least one.

David Krejci is the only Bruins with two hits. He's shown no effects from the glass crashing on him after Game 1. He also has a shot in 6:39, which may have been Boston's best scoring chance with a bid from the slot late in the period. He is 0-3 on faceoffs, an area all the Bruins are struggling in with Boston 6-12 (33 percent) as a team.

End First Period, 0-0: The opening frame comes to a close and once again it a scoreless deadlock here at the Garden.

First Period, 18:28, 0-0: The Bruins with their best chance yet as Rich Peverley carries the puck down the right wing and centers it to David Krejci cutting across the middle, but Holtby makes the stop on his bid from the slot.

First Period, 14:35, 0-0: The Bruins kill that penalty off as well, and actually had the best scoring chance when Patrice Bergeron set up Brad Marchand alone in the right circle, but Holtby cut off the angle and made the stop.

First Period, 12:35, 0-0: The Bruins will now be shorthanded again, and once again they'll have to kill off a penalty without one of their best penalty killers as Chris Kelly is sent to the box for hooking.

First Period, 11:52, 0-0: The Bruins' power-play struggles continue as they are unable to convert that chance or really even create much in the way of any serious threats in that man advantage.

First Period, 9:52, 0-0: Benoit Pouliot comes down the left side and dekes around Mike Green with a filthy move, drawing a hooking call on the Caps defensman as the Bruins go on the power play for the first time in this one.

First Period, 6:35, 0-0: The Bruins with some pressure from the Krejci line. Boston has now evened the shots at 5-5 after the Caps were up 5-0 following the power play.

First Period, 3:13, 0-0: The Bruins kill off the penalty, but the Capitals created plenty of chances. Washington had five shots on the power play after managing just seven shots in the first two periods in Game 1.

First Period, 1:13, 0-0: The Bruins will have to kill an early penalty as Zdeno Chara is called for holding Alex Ovechkin as the Washington star came down the left wing and tried to drive the net.

First Period, 0:00, 0-0: Game 2 is under way here at a rocking TD Garden. The atmosphere is electric, and it will only get better if the Bruins can extend their lead to 2-0 before the series shifts to Washington on Monday.

3:05 p.m.: David Krejci is not just in the lineup, he's starting this one for the Bruins alongside Milan Lucic and Rich Peverley. Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk will open on defense, with Tim Thomas in goal.

The Capitals counter with their second line of Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin, with Karl Alzner and John Carlson on the blue line and Braden Holtby in net.

3 p.m.: The Bruins have officially scratched Mike Mottau and Jordan Caron again. Adam McQuaid and Tuukka Rask remain out with injuries.

Jeff Halpern, Mike Knuble, Mattias Sjogren, Coday Eakin, Dmitry Orlov, John Erskine, Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth are all out for Washington.

2:55 p.m.: David Krejci appears fine to play, as he took all the line rushes in warm-ups in his usual spot between Milan Lucic and Rich Peverley.

Jordan Caron and Mike Mottau were on the ice, but did not participate in the line rushes. Looks like there will be no changes in the lineup for Game 2.

The full line combinations from warm-ups:





Defense pairs:




2:40 p.m.: Tim Thomas and Braden Holtby led the teams out for warm-ups and that will be the goalie matchup once again as expected.

David Krejci is indeed on the ice for the Bruins in the warm-up.

2:30 p.m.: The Bruins and Capitals will clash in Game 2 here at the Garden in just over a half hour.

The Bruins will look to take a 2-0 series lead before the series shifts to Washington, while the Caps seek a road split to head home with some momentum.

David Krejci is expected to play despite being hit by a pane of glass during Thursday's post-game celebration. Claude Julien said before the game that, "you'll see him on the ice in the warm-up."

8 a.m. ET: It took a little longer than expected, but the Bruins got their title defense off to the start they wanted with a 1-0 overtime victory against the Capitals in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on Thursday.

Chris Kelly finally broke through 1:18 into sudden death for the game’s lone goal. Now the Bruins will look to carry the momentum from that victory into Game 2 Saturday afternoon at the Garden.

"Those first games are always tough games," Bruins coach Claude Julien said Friday. "To get that first one under our belt and to win it, no matter how, when you're in the playoffs they're all going to be tough games. So I don't think it's a question of running away with a game. You're going to hear the losing team say whether we lose in overtime or 10-0, it's still a loss. So we say the same thing about a win."

"I thought we did a pretty good job defensively, didn't give them a ton of scoring chances despite them having the talent to score goals," Julien added. "Obviously we'd like to maybe be a little bit better offensively and create a little bit more, which I thought we did early in the game. But I thought it kind of faded away so that's the area that we hope to maybe improve a little bit more on."

Boston will try to find a way to get to young Washington goalie Braden Holtby a little earlier and more often after the rookie stopped the first 29 shots he faced before Kelly's blast in Holtby’s first career playoff start.

Tim Thomas wasn't tested as often, with the Bruins allowing just seven shots through two periods and 17 shots in the entire game. But Thomas picked up right where he left off from last postseason, recording his second straight playoff shutout after blanking Vancouver 4-0 in Game 7 of the Cup Final last spring.

The victory was almost very costly for the Bruins, with David Krejci hit on the back of the head by a pane of glass knocked free during the celebration after Kelly's goal. Krejci missed practice Friday with a sore neck, but declared that he would play Saturday in Game 2.

Adam McQuaid (upper body) is not expected to play as he remained out of practice again on Friday.

The puck drops at 3 p.m. Stay with the live blog throughout the day, as we'll keep you up to speed on everything happening at the Garden.

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