After falling 2-1 in double overtime on home ice in Game 2, the Boston Bruins travel to Washington for Game 3 on Monday. Nicklas Backstrom’s wrist shot eluded Boston goaltender Tim Thomas at 2:56 to even the series at 1-1. Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 39 saves to earn his first career playoff victory. The Bruins have scored one one goal in each contests putting 74 shots on net.
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When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, April 16, 2012
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District Of Columbia
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, CBC, NESN (Boston), CS Maryland (Washington)
Boston Bruins : The defending Stanley Cup champions were second in goals per game with 3.17 in the regular season, but haven’t been able to mount any offense because of the defensive style of play Washington has recently adopted. The club’s top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin has combined for 20 shots and no points in the series. “Their system right now resembles a little bit to one of Tampa,” coach Claude Julien said. “It’s something that we’re probably not used to seeing from Washington because it was not that same type of hockey that they played before.”
Washington Capitals: Holtby has filled in admirably for Tomas Vokoun (groin) and Michal Neuvirth (lower body), stopping 72 shots. “My game really didn’t change too much. It was basically the way we played, the way the game was played as a whole as to why I was successful. I want to work on some things; I want to be better and to get better throughout the series. Right now all the focus is on Game 3,” Holtby said after Game 2. There is no timetable for Vokoun’s return. Neuvirth is practicing with the club and could return later in the series.
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1. None of Boston’s seven point leaders in the regular season has one in the series.
2. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has made the trip to Washington with the team as he continues to recover from a groin injury, while defenseman Adam McQuaid remained in Boston to receive treatment for an upper-body injury.
3. Backstrom has two overtime game-winning goals in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Both came in Game 2 of a series after the Capitals dropped Game 1. His first overtime winner came on April 17, 2009, in a 6-5 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
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