The caps have had trouble getting to work early in games but that wasn’t the case yesterday. Johansson got things started early, giving Washington a lead one minute into the game. Laich picked up his third assist of the series as the duo converted perfectly on the 2 on 1 opportunity. But after that they went back to how they had been typical in first periods managing a mere 3 shots. Bruins put the pressure on and Rich Peverley tied it up for the Bruins just past the half way mark of the first. Caps managed to keep the game tied going into intermission despite being out-shot 14-3.
Caps did a much better job in the second firing 15 shots but in the third they could once again only manage 3. Luckily they converted on one of few chances they had. Semin took advantage of power play opportunity in the second to give caps a 2-1 lead. Despite being outplayed most of the game, they were able to hold on to the lead thanks to the spectacular goaltending of rookie Braden Holtby.
Holtby stopped 44 of the 45 shots he faced to lead the Capitals to victory and tie the series.
Game 5 is Saturday at 3pm.