Bruins Vs. Capitals, Game 1: Chris Kelly Scores Early In Overtime, Gives Boston 1-0 Series Edge

Chris Kelly ended it in overtime for the Bruins, giving them a 1-0 series lead over the Capitals.

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David Krejci Misses Practice, Expects To Play After Being Hit By Pane Of Glass

David Krejci did not join his Boston Bruins teammates for practice Friday, one day after being struck in the head by a falling pane of TD Garden glass.

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Capitals Vs. Bruins, Game 1: Dale Hunter Needs To Make Defensive Adjustments

Braden Holtby had himself a nice game despite losing, and his performance was helped by some stand up defense from the original pairing of Karl Alzner and John Carlson. Could this be Washington's best chance to defend against Boston?

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Bruins Vs. Capitals, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Chris Kelly's Overtime Winner Gives Boston 1-0 Series Lead

It didn't take the Boston Bruins long. Just 1:18 into overtime in a scoreless contest, Chris Kelly's blistering slap shot found its way over the shoulder of Braden Holtby, giving the home team a 1-0 Game 1 win and a 1-0 series lead while eliminating any fear they may have had that this one could have slipped away.

Holtby deserved a better fate. The Capitals goaltender, only in goal thanks to injuries above him on the depth chart, was phenomenal all game long for his club. The Bruins dominated the first two periods, and the only reason this game wasn't a blow out much earlier was Holtby. It's an unfortunate loss for him.

For the Capitals on the whole, however, it's probably a just result. Boston stomped all over them for the better part of two periods, and even though it seemed as though the teams switched jerseys in the third period, the Bruins ended the game with 62 shot attempts: 30 shots on goal, 10 missed shots and 22 which were blocked. That's a winning formula, regardless of how it gets done.

For complete Boston Bruins coverage, check out SB Nation Boston and Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder. For complete Washington Capitals coverage, swing by SB Nation DC and Caps blog Japers' Rink.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Tim Thomas, Braden Holtby Carry Teams To Overtime In Scoreless Tie

Braden Holtby was busy for the first two periods of Game 1 between the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins. In the third period, he could have taken a nap.

The Capitals completely took over the tempo of the hockey game in the final period, beginning with a few strong shifts early. They turned that offensive pressure into a power play opportunity 3:12 in, but just as Holtby was fantastic in the first 40 minutes, Tim Thomas was up to the task in the latter 20. The Caps threw nine shots on the Bruins goaltender in the third period -- compared to Boston's three -- but Thomas was perfect. It's a 0-0 tie after 60 minutes.

The goaltenders have bailed their teams out for lengthy stretches in the game. In overtime, it could be decided by which one cracks first.

For complete Boston Bruins coverage, check out SB Nation Boston and Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder. For complete Washington Capitals coverage, swing by SB Nation DC and Caps blog Japers' Rink.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Braden Holtby Keeping Washington In Game; 0-0 After 2 Periods

There's no score after two periods of Game 1 between the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins, and there's one reason for that. His name is Braden Holtby. The Caps' netminder -- their third-string goalie, by the way -- has made 26 saves to stave off the Bruins' seemingly relentless attack.

Boston has seen four power plays in the game through two periods but hasn't been able to capitalize thanks to Holtby and the Washington defense, which has blocked 17 shots in front of their goaltender. The Caps haven't been able to turn the momentum around in the opposite direction after those big PK's, however, generating just two shots in the second period to add to their awful two-period total of seven.

The Bruins are known to wear teams down late. They won a Stanley Cup doing that last year, and regardless of whether or not Holtby can keep up his fine play, the Capitals are going to have to generate some offense if they want to have a chance to win Game 1.

For complete Boston Bruins coverage, check out SB Nation Boston and Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder. For complete Washington Capitals coverage, swing by SB Nation DC and Caps blog Japers' Rink.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Physical First Period Yields No Score

It was a first period largely dictated by the feeling-out process in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins. Both teams traded hits and and tried to control the tempo of the game, but neither was able to put a puck behind the opposing goaltender.

It's 0-0 through 20 minutes of play, but that could change early in the second period as the Caps and B's each settle into the game a bit more. It's evident early on that Boston head coach Claude Julien is getting the matchups he wants on home ice, and the head-to-head battle between Zdeno Chara and Alex Ovechkin is certainly one to watch as the game progresses.

Boston opens the second period with more than two minutes of power play time on the clock thanks to a late-period double minor high-sticking call on Caps forward Jay Beagle.

For complete Boston Bruins coverage, check out SB Nation Boston and Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder. For complete Washington Capitals coverage, swing by SB Nation DC and Caps blog Japers' Rink.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Bruins Vs. Capitals Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Washington Capitals won the regular season series against the Boston Bruins, but injuries to their top two goalies could submarine their hopes for a playoff upset.

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