Bruins vs Capitals ECQF Game 5: Bruins Make Multiple Comebacks, but Can’t Hold on

NOTE: “ECQF” stands for Eastern Conference Quarter-finals

Brad Marchand scores against Braden Holtby (4/21/12)

Brad Marchand scores 5-hole off of a rebound against Braden Holtby.

4/21/12: Bruins vs Capitals [ECQF Game 5] - Final Score (4-3 Capitals)

On Saturday, the Bruins played Game 5 of their first round playoff series against the Capitals.  The Bruins were the better team overall, but the Capitals were able to break the tie with only a minute and a half left and ended up winning.  While we played much better than them, they were able to capitalize on any little mistake we made.  Plus, they got away with a few penalties not being called and a goal that shouldn’t have counted.

We spent most of the time on the offensive, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with their readiness to jump on our mistakes and the bad officiating.  I hate to say it, because it sounds like a cop-out, but the refs may have cost us the game.  There were a number of Capitals plays that should’ve been penalties, but the most important was during their first goal.  First, Alexander Semin cross-checked Greg Zanon in front of our net, knocking him down.  That should’ve been a penalty.  Then Semin scores off of a rebound while Nicklas Backstrom had both feet in the goalie crease.. which is not allowed.  Yet still, they count the goal.  Plus, before all that, Joe Corvo had gotten hurt and was limping around.  Any time that situation has been flipped, with us controlling the puck in their end, and one of them getting hurt, the refs have blown the whistle right away.  WTF?!?!  Damn, NHL, could you be any more blatant about not wanting the Bruins to win?

Even though we were down 2-0 and 3-2, we came back from both deficits and tied the game.  Unfortunately, near the end, we sat back a bit thinking we would go to overtime.  Then Semin scored and we didn’t have enough time to catch up again.  So, the Capitals win 4-3 and go ahead in the series 3-2, giving them the chance to eliminate the Bruins at home in Game 6.. but that won’t happen.  Remember how much trouble the Canadiens gave us in the first round last year?  Yet we still pulled out the win in Game 7.. and we will again!  Just remember, Bruins fans…

Bruins - "Believe" (with Bruins 'B')

My Highlights/Rants

This section is where I put my notes from the game, with the plays that I felt were worth highlighting and/or ranting about.  This is basically my version of a game recap, intended for those who would like to read one that tells more than just what happened on paper.  So, if you just want a summarization and my thoughts on what the game means for the Bruins, just read the section above and the “Final Thoughts/Notes” section near the bottom, then check out the videos and links that follow…

1st Period
[NOTE: I took these notes on my phone because I wasn’t home, so I don’t have the times for everything I made a note of.]
-2.5 mins in, John Carlson, crashes into Tim Thomas even though Thomas already had the puck smothered.  He ended up getting a goaltender interference penalty.
-In the next several minutes, we got a bunch of good scoring chances.
-Halfway through, Troy Brouwer and Daniel Paille both got unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and it went to 4-on-4.
-Then we got the puck right on their goal line, but it wouldn’t go in.
-Then Zdeno Chara got a roughing penalty for his big hit on Alex Ovechkin after the play had stopped.  So it goes to a 4-on-3 for the Capitals, during which, Paille gets a nice breakaway for a good chance.
-15 mins in, we had a good offensive stand.  Then about a minute later, Roman Hamrlik got a hooking penalty.  The Capitals defended well during our power play.
-18 mins in, Chara put a big hit on Brooks Laich.
-Soon after, Thomas made a huge save.
-Then Jason Chimera hit Thomas in the head with his elbow after taking a big hit himself.
-The period ends tied 0-0.
-Shots on goal were 11-10 in favor of the Capitals.

2nd Period
-5 mins in, Brouwer held the crap out of Johnny Boychuk but no holding penalty was called.. so they started a scrum and both got roughing penalties.

Johnny Boychuk scraps with Troy Brouwer after uncalled holding (4/21/12) [animated]

Johnny Boychuk scraps with Troy Brouwer after his uncalled holding.

-9 mins in, Thomas makes two huge saves within seconds of each other.
-About two mins later, Joe Corvo gets hurt, loses his stick, and hobbles around barely able to do anything.  Meanwhile, Alexander Semin cross-checks Greg Zanon in front of the net and knocks him down with no penalty called.. then he scores off of a rebound while Nicklas Backstrom had both feet in the goalie crease!  That’s not allowed.. but they give the Capitals the goal.  This whole series, any time the Bruins have the puck in the Capitals’ end, and a Capitals player gets hurt, they’ve blown the whistle right away.. but not for us.. WTF?!?!
-14.5 mins in, Jay Beagle shoots, Thomas gets a piece of his glove on it, but it goes in and the Capitals score.
-17 mins in, Milan Lucic brings the puck ahead, passes across to Dennis Seidenberg.. he scores from the point!
-Then we’re right back on the offensive, Johnny Boychuk shoots from the point.. Brad Marchand knocks the rebound 5-hole and in to tie the game 28 seconds after Seidenberg scored his goal.
-The period ends tied 2-2.
-Shots on goal were 14-12 in favor of the Bruins and the totals at this point are 24-23, also in our favor.

3rd Period
-Just over 3 mins in, Mike Knuble (former Bruin) scores his first playoff goal with a pass across to him on the open side of the net.
-7.5 mins in, Dennis Wideman (former Bruin) gets a cross-checking penalty.
-On the power play, we get some good offense going and a minute into it, Boychuk scores the first power play goal the Bruins have had in the playoffs this year to tie the game again!
-A bit later, Semin throws out his elbow as Patrice Bergeron skates by.. hits him in the face and makes him bleed.. but no penalty.
-In the next several minutes, we get some great scoring chances.
-17 mins in, Benoit Pouliot gets a slashing penalty.
-On the penalty kill, we defend well.. but about a minute into it, Brouwer scores.
-In the rest of the game, we fight hard and get some chances, but time runs out and we lose 3-2.  This gives us the chance of being eliminated on the road in Game 6.
-Shots on goal this period were 13-9 in favor of the Bruins and the totals were 37-32, also in our favor.

Final Thoughts / Notes
-The Bruins had 37 shots on goal and were the better team overall.
-Patrice Bergeron was got an “upper body” injury in the 3rd period.  Because of this, he did not play much near the end of the game, and in Game 6, he will not take any faceoffs.. and he’s one of the best at them in the league, so that’s pretty detrimental.

The playoffs this year continue to astonish.  The 2008 champions, the Detroit Red Wings, and the 2009 champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, have been eliminated in the first round, as well as the team the Bruins beat in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals, the Canucks.  The 2010 champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, face elimination in their next game, as do the defending 2011 champions, the Bruins, and the Rangers, who led the East and were only two points behind the regular season leader, the Blues.  The Devils face elimination in their next game against the Panthers too, and they are a much better team.  Here’s how the playoff bracket looks currently:

NHL 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket (after 4/22/12 games)

You can stay updated on the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs here:
http://www.nhl.com/ice/stanleycup.htm

Here’s a video of Tim Thomas’ huge toe save on Marcus Johansson:

Here’s a video of Zdeno Chara shoving Alex Ovechkin and getting a penalty:

Here’s a video of Zdeno Chara’s battles/hits against Alex Ovechkin:
(including the above plus more from later in the game)

Here’s a video of Daniel Paille’s breakaway and good scoring chance:

Here’s a video of some big saves by Tim Thomas:

Here’s a video of Dennis Seidenberg’s goal:

Here’s a video of Brad Marchand’s goal 28 seconds after Seidenberg’s:

Here’s a video of Johnny Boychuk’s power play goal:

Here’s a video of Alexander Semin elbowing Patrice Bergeron in the face as he skates by.. with no penalty:

Here’s a video recap of the goals and big saves from the game:

Here’s a slightly extended video recap of the game (low quality):

Here’s the NHL’s video recap of the game:
http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hlg=20112012,3,125

Here’s the NHL’s page of video clips of the goals and some saves and hits:
http://bruins.nhl.com/club/gamevideo.htm?id=2011030125

Here’s the NHL’s photos from the game:
http://bruins.nhl.com/club/gallery.htm?id=29556&location=/photos&pg=1

Thanks for reading,
Matt

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