The playoffs are still here. Bruins are on the road, visiting the Washington Capitals for the fifth game of this round. See it on USA Network, NESN, SportsNet1, TVAS2, and NBC Sports Washington. Get audio on 98.5 Sports Hub, DC’s WJFK and CapsRadio24/7. We are starting at 7:00 EDT.
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.
In game 4, the Bruins played a lot more like they played in the OT of game 3 – they dominated posession, won the majority of faceoffs, put rubber on net, and boxed the Caps out from getting shots on goal for huge stretches of time. On the downside, Washington D-man took a run at Kevan Miller, shortly after Miller passed the puck, leaping into the hit, but keeping his contact to the collar bone area.
Dmitry Orlov with a dangerous hit on Kevan Miller. pic.twitter.com/UFxCQi2KrW
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) May 21, 2021
Miller would not return to the game, going to the hospital with concussion symptoms. Orlov would get a roughing minor, plus an additional offsetting roughing minor for getting into a fight with Charlie Coyle in the aftermath. But at least Brad Marchand would score 3 seconds into the ensuing power play. The Bruins would score the first 3 goals in the game, only allowing their opponent on the board during a Caps power play – a bit of a fluke where Brandon Carlo would accidentally tip a blocked Ovechkin pass into his own net. There would be 7 power plays awarded to Washington, including some curious cases that made it difficult to understand where the officials’ threshold was, but the Bruins would only allow 1 score. The Bruins would go on to win 4-1.
The Bruins lead the series 3-1. There’s a game tonight.
Let’s effing go!
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What will be the lines today?
The Injury Report: Ondrej Kaše is still out. Jeremy Lauzon is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Kevan Miller is out. Steven Kampfer has an arm injury, and is out seemingly indefinitely. Jarred Tinordi is in.
No changes expected in the forward lineup.
Charlie Coyle will be centering Nick Ritchie & Jake DeBrusk.
With Kevan Miller out, Connor Clifton will probably be paired with Jarred Tinordi, with both players on their natural sides.
Tuukka Rask is in net, Jeremy Swayman will be his backup.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#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 has not been at practice and his status is reportedly “day-to-day”. Daniel Sprong was at practice, so is probably back tonight, pushing out Michael Raffl. Practice lines were changed up this morning, which may be challenging for the Bruins. Certainly, one must expect the Caps – who are now on the brink of elimination – to push back harder today than they did in game 4.
(h/t Daily Faceoff and the Washington Post’s Samantha Pell @SamanthaJPell):
#8 Alex Ovechkin — #19 Nicklas Backstrom — #39 Anthony Mantha
#10 Daniel Sprong — #92 Evgeny Kuznetsov — #43 Tom Wilson
#73 Conor Sheary — #20 Lars Eller — #77 T.J. Oshie
#62 Carl Hagelin — #26 Nic Dowd — #21 Garnet Hathaway
#9 Dmitri Orlov — #74 John Carlson
#4 Brenden Dillon — #2 Justin Schultz
#33 Zdeno Chara — #3 Nick Jensen
#30 Ilya Samsonov
(#31 Craig Anderson)
Referees: #28 Chris Lee — #15 Jean Hebert
Linesmen: #51 Andrew Smith — #83 Matt MacPherson
(as usual, h/t Scouting the Refs)