Wednesday, April 25, 2012
2nd-period reaction: Bruins 1, Caps 1
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- The second period came and went and the Boston Bruins were able to tie Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Washington Capitals, 1-1.
The Bruins' Tyler Seguin, who scored the overtime goal to give Boston a 4-3 win in Game 6 in Washington on Sunday, scored the grittiest goal of his pro career with 5:33 remaining in the second period.
The Bruins had sustained pressure in the offensive zone when Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk unloaded a slap shot from the right faceoff circle. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby made the initial save, but left the rebound at the top of the crease.
Seguin, with two defenders draped on his back, reached out and poked the puck through traffic and snuck it in.
The Garden fan base erupted and the Bruins had life once again.
Body talk: After the goal, the Bruins began to play their style more, bodying up and getting in the Capitals' faces. In the final minute of play, Holtby cross-checked the Bruins' Rich Peverley from behind, right in front of the net. Peverley took exception, swinging his stick like a baseball bat and stopping at the goalie's chest. Holtby never flinched.
Buckle up: With the score tied at 1-1 and advancement in the Stanley Cup playoffs on the line, the third period -- and maybe overtime(s) -- should make for entertaining hockey, no matter which team wins.