April 21, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) hugs goalie Braden Holtby (70) after defeating the Boston Bruins 4-3 in game five of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
After trailing 2-1, Washington is on the verge of exorcising playoff demons by upsetting the Bruins.
The Boston Bruins appeared to be in control of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup with the Washington Capitals after three games. Boston had snatched home-ice advantage back from the Caps in Washington and found its scoring stride by putting in four goals in Game 3. Then momentum shifted slightly to the Capitals, who won the next two games, giving Washington a chance to close out the Bruins in Washington on Sunday.
The series itself has been about as tightly contested as Stanley Cup playoffs series get: the first two-goal lead came in Saturday's Game 5, and lasted just less than three minutes. But the Capitals have gotten sizable contributions from young goalie Braden Holtby and four points each from Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich, and the Bruins' Tim Thomas hasn't been as sharp as he is at his peak, leaving the door open for Washington to exorcise some playoffs demons by pulling a first-round upset.
No. 2 Boston Bruins at No. 7 Washington Capitals
3 p.m. ET -- Game 6, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals | Capitals lead, 3-2
National TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
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