Game Day Thread – Round 1 Game 4: Caps @ Bruins

The playoffs are still here. Bruins are at home, hosting the Washington Capitals for the second of the second two games of this round. See it on NBCSN, NESN, NBC Sports Washington, TVAS, SNE, SNO, SNP, or SportsNet360 (don’t ask me to explain the constellation of SN channels). And audio on 98.5 Sports Hub, DC’s WJFK and CapsRadio24/7. We are starting earlier than usual tonight – 6:30 EDT. I don’t know why.


The Bruins lost game 1 in overtime after only generating 21 shots on net, and having some issues in zone entry. Washington goaltender Vitek Vanecek was injured trying to block a Jake DeBrusk goal, and was replaced by Craig Anderson. The Caps were good at limiting the Bergeron line and were able to contain the Krejci-Hall-Smith line by physically punishing David Krejci. But that was only one game.

In game 2, the Bruins put a lot more pucks on net, generating an impressive 48 shots on goal to Washington’s 39. The Bruins would win this game in overtime with the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line finding paydirt 39 seconds into the 4th frame. Bruins D-man Kevan Miller and Caps forward Lars Eller both left the game with lower body injuries. Miller would return 1 period later with a fresh set of sutures. Eller did not return.

In game 3, the Bruins may not have won their usual share of faceoffs, but they did apply a fair amount of speed and a lot of pressure on the Caps defense. The Bruins went to the penalty box a few ties in this game, and eventually gave up a power play goal (by this time, the B’s had gone 7 of 8 PKs in the series without allowing a goal scored). In spite of the Bruins being the stronger team in the first two periods, the Caps scored first and after the Bruins answered, the Caps scored a go-ahead goal. The Caps pushed back a little harder in the 3rd, but the Bruins would get a power play in the middle of the period, which they scored in, tying the game. The game would go to overtime. The Bruins absolutely dominated in OT, but were unable to get through Ilya Samsonov for the first 20 minutes. They would also dominate in the 2nd OT period, but required 5:38 to put a wraparound goal into the net and win the game 3-2.

The Bruins lead the series 2-1. There’s a game tonight.
Let’s effing go!


What will be the lines today?

The Injury Report: Ondrej Kaše is still out. Jeremy Lauzon is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

No changes expected in the lineup.
Charlie Coyle will be centering Nick Ritchie & Jake DeBrusk.
Jeremy Lauzon will sit out again with Connor Clifton on ice, paired w3ith Kevan Miller.

Tuukka Rask is in net, Jeremy Swayman will be his backup.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Taylor Hall

#71 Taylor Hall

David Krejci

David Krejci

#12 Craig Smith

Craig Smith

#21 Nick Ritchie

Nick Ritchie

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

Sean Kuraly

Sean Kuraly

Curtis Lazar

#6 Curtis Lazar

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs
Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Mike Reilly

#6 Mike Reilly

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Bruins Goaltending
#40 Tuukka Rask (#1 Jeremy Swayman)


Tonight’s opponents are the Washington Capitals. The Caps picked up Anthony Mantha and Michael Raffl at the trade deadline, sent Jakub Vrana & Richard Panik to the Red Wings, and Jonas Siegenthaler to the Devils.

Vitek Vanecek screwed up his lower body trying to block a shot in game 1. Craig Anderson finished the game for him. Vanacek was not at practice today and his status is reportedly “day-to-day”. Lars Eller missed the last game and much of the previous one due to a lower body injury, but he has been practicing. He is a game time decision. I expect Samsonov to get the start with Craig Anderson as backup. Forwards Daniel Sprong, Connor McMichael, and Daniel Carr, defensemen Martin Fehervary and Trevor van Riemsdyk, and goaltender Phoenix Copley had extra drills this morning, so I am going to assume that they are probably not going to play tonight. T.J. Oshie was not at practice – I will assume that he will play.
(h/t Daily Faceoff and the Washington Post’s Samantha Pell @SamanthaJPell):

Capitals Forwards
#8 Alex Ovechkin — #92 Evgeny Kuznetsov — #43 Tom Wilson
#39 Anthony Mantha — #19 Nicklas Backstrom — #77 T.J. Oshie
#73 Conor Sheary — #20 Lars Eller — #17 Michael Raffl
#62 Carl Hagelin — #26 Nic Dowd — #21 Garnet Hathaway

Capitals Defense
#9 Dmitri Orlov — #74 John Carlson
#4 Brenden Dillon — #2 Justin Schultz
#33 Zdeno Chara — #3 Nick Jensen

Capitals Goaltending
#30 Ilya Samsonov
(#31 Craig Anderson)

Officiating
Referees: #19 Gord Dwyer — #21 TJ Luxmore
Linesmen: #81 Ryan Daisy — #76 Michel Cormier
(as usual, h/t Scouting the Refs)

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Holy crap! They’re dropping the puck!?! Gotta get to the inn!! Go Bruins….. Stripes!!