Wednesday, April 25, 2012
3rd-period reax: B's 1, Caps 1; bring on OT
By James Murphy
BOSTON -- For the second straight season the Bruins will have to win in overtime to advance to the second round. The Caps and Bruins are tied 1-1 headed to the extra frame and here’s three keys from the third period.
Seidenberg MVP of series: Braden Holtby has made a name for himself in this series and is a main reason the Capitals are headed to overtime in Game 7, but Dennis Seidenberg is the MVP of the series, win or lose. Seidenberg was everywhere both defensively and offensively. His block on Alex Ovechkin's seemingly certain goal on a third-period power play epitomized what Seidenberg means to this team and its defense.
Status quo for power play: The Bruins once again failed to convert on the power play and finished regulation 0-for- 3 and they’re now 3-for-21 in the series. They got two more chances in the third period on the man-advantage including one with under two minutes left and still couldn’t score.
Bruins miss Bergeron on faceoffs: In Game 6, Patrice Bergeron -- the Bruins best faceoff man -- was limited to just one faceoff due to an undisclosed injury he is battling. Luckily, he won that faceoff but the Bruins clearly missed him at the dot and they did so again in Game 7. Bergeron hasn’t taken a faceoff as the Bruins were beat on the dot 31-26 in regulation.