Saturday, April 14, 2012
2-on-2: Bruins-Capitals (Game 2)
To preview today's Game 2 between the Bruins and Capitals, we play a game of 2-on-2 with ESPN Boston's James Murphy and Joe McDonald:
1. While Alexander Ovechkin hustled hard and was very physical in Game 1, he was kept off the scoreboard. Will Caps coach Dale Hunter reunite him with the likes of Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and/or Marcus Johanssen in an effort to get 'Ovi' going?
Murphy: I think Hunter comes out with same lines but if their shot total is down and their offense is invisible after the first period, I definitely think he puts Ovechkin with any assortment of those players to try to jump-start him. The Capitals have too much offensive skill to waste and they don't want to go home in a 2-0 hole.
McDonald: Hunter will not make any lineup changes. It was a classic battle between the Bruins’ Dennis Seidenberg and Ovechkin in Game 1 and that intensity will increase in Game 2.
2. Braden Holtby was superb in Game 1. What can the Bruins do to not let him get in an even deeper zone and come away with a win this time?
Murphy: The Bruins need to have constant traffic in front and get in Holtby's face. They have to be relentless driving to the net and make life miserable for the rookie. He enters the game with renewed confidence. It is the Bruins' job to have him exit questioning himself.
McDonald: Holtby was good but the Bruins could have done a lot more against him. In Game 2, the Bruins will attempt to get more traffic and pucks to the net in order to disrupt his play. The problem, however, is that Holtby gained a lot of confidence with his performance in Game 1 and knows he can beat these guys.