Game one of this series was all about goaltending, and it didn’t appear to be any different in game two. With no goals in regulation Thursday it was clear the duel between Thomas and Holtby would be the biggest factor in these games.
Caps got on the board first but even that didn’t come until the dying minutes of the second period. Brouwer was in a great spot in front of the Bruins net to knock in a puck Ovechkin threw towards Thomas. It took nearly 100 minutes but this series finally saw it’s first regulation goal.
Eventually the Bruins would tie it up thanks to some miscues by the Caps defense. Washington seemed to lose track of their position as the puck slid slowly towards Holtby. Holtby was maybe too agressive, but with no defenders in front, he went for the pokecheck to knock the puck out of danger. Unfortunately Pouliot got enough on it first to tip it over Holtby and tie the game.
And again, the game would head to overtime, but unlike game one, one overtime wouldn’t be enough. They would require double overtime, already the second of these playoffs. Last time Bruins got the overtime victory and tonight it was the Caps turn. Nicklas Backstrom was the hero getting a nice snap shot past Tim Thomas to win the game.
Washington split the two games in Boston and now head home tied in the series. Game 3 is Monday at 7:30 at Verizon Center.