Captain Zdeno Chara netted the game-winner with 1:53 remaining in the third period and added two assists to lift Boston to a 4-3 victory in Game 3 Tuesday and take a 2-1 series lead over Washington in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal. The Washington Capitals look to rebound and even up the series at two games a piece when they host the Boston Bruins in Game 4 Thursday. The series shifts back to Boston for Game 5 Saturday.
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When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, April 19, 2012
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District Of Columbia
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CBC, NESN, Comcast SportsNet Maryland, NBCSN
THE BRUINS: The Bruins dished out 58 hits compared to the Capitals’ 36 body checks in Game 3. At the end of practice Wednesday, the Bruins worked on battle drills – something forward Milan Lucic said is key to winning games. “That’s a big part of our game and that’s a big part of the series right now,” Lucic said. “There’s a lot of one-on-one battles and winning them, that’s why we do a lot of those drills in practice just to fine tune.”
THE CAPITALS: The Capitals issued a statement on the team’s website Wednesday disagreeing with the one-game suspension of center Nicklas Backstrom by the NHL for his cross-check on Bruins forward Rich Peverley. “We disagree with the NHL’s decision to suspend Nicklas Backstrom. This has been a competitive and physical series, and we do not understand why a suspension was imposed in this case while other incidents in this series have not been reviewed. Our singular focus now is on Game 4, and we look forward to the energy that our great fans provide.” Backstrom received a match penalty for the hit – and according to NHL rules, any player receiving a match penalty will be automatically suspended from further competition until the commissioner has made a ruling. The NHL announced Backstrom’s punishment Tuesday night. Forward Mike Knuble is expected to take his roster spot for Game 4.
1. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas is 2-1 with a 1.47 GAA and .943 save percentage in the series.
2. Boston coach Claude Julien said Wednesday it’s “ludicrous” to think the Bruins would target the head of Backstrom, as previously stated by Capitals’ bench boss Dale Hunter. “I don’t know any coach that would tell his team to go after somebody’s head,” Julien said
3. Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun was on the ice taking shots at practice Wednesday. It was the first time he’s worked out since aggravating a groin injury on Mar. 29.
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