April 14, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Matt Hendricks (26) checks Boston Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo (14) during the first period in game two of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

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It took two overtimes, but Nicklas Backstrom evened the series as the Capitals won 2-1. | SI.com: Live Box Score

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Capitals Vs. Bruins, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 2: Nicklas Backstrom Evens Series With Double OT Goal

The Washington Capitals are heading home with an edge in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Boston Bruins. Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-winning goal 2:56 into the second overtime period to give the Capitals a 2-1 victory. The win ties the series at 1-1 and gives Washington the home-ice advantage as things shift back to Verizon Center for Game 3 and 4.

Backstrom actually lost the face-off, but Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was unable to clear the loose puck. Marcus Johansson then picked it up below the blue line and threw it through two Bruins and back out to Backstrom, who was all alone in prime shooting position. The shot beat Tim Thomas on the stick side, sealing up the victory.

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Capitals Vs. Bruins, NHL Playoffs Game 2: Defense The Theme Entering Double OT

Goaltending and defense were yet again the theme in the fourth period of Game 2 between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. In fact, that's been the theme all series long as the teams have combined for just three goals in a little over 140 minutes of playoff hockey.

You would expect this from the Boston Bruins. Tim Thomas is literally the reason the team won the Stanley Cup a year ago, and the goaltender has a tendency to stand on his head in big spots. Plus, their top defensive pairing of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg is among the best in the NHL.

But the Washington Capitals? Braden Holtby is a third-string goaltender that's sticking right with the two-time Vezina Trophy winner in Thomas. Their defense is admirable, but nowhere near the collective strength of many teams in the NHL. Yet even players like Alex Semin are stepping in and making solid defensive efforts as the desperation of the playoff season takes over. We're headed to double overtime in Game 2 with the score tied, 1-1.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 2: Benoit Pouliot Forces Overtime

Well, at least they scored before overtime in Game 2.

The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals are again headed to the extra session Saturday afternoon. The Capitals took the lead on an ugly Troy Brouwer goal late in the second period but, at the 12:13 mark of the third, an even odder, uglier goal kept the home team alive.

The Capitals defense has been pretty solid all game long, but Dennis Wideman and Jeff Schultz each lost track here. Wideman takes Chris Kelly out of the play along the boards, but that leaves Brian Rolston with an easy route to the puck. Schultz was caught flat-footed as well, which allowed Pouliot to grab the loose puck in front of Holtby, who left his net in an attempt to compensate from the leaky defensive coverage.

Overtime will yet again hinge on which team cracks first. The Capitals have been a bit stronger offensively than they were in Game 1, but the trends don't necessarily matter. The team that makes the first mistake in OT will likely head to Washington for Game 3 with a loss on their back.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 2: Washington Finally Breaks Through, Leads 1-0 After 2

After two periods of Game 2, the Washington Capitals lead the Boston Bruins 1-0. The Caps finally solved Tim Thomas at the end of the period for their first goal and first lead of the series. It was another back-and-forth period before Washington finally got on the board late.

Patrice Bergeron nearly broke the tie for Boston, early in the second period when he put one through the five-hole of Holtby. The Caps' goaltender caught a piece of the puck as it went through his legs and it went just wide of the post.

Washington also had another power play chance after Brad Marchand caught John Carlson in the face with his stick when he tried to go around the Caps defenseman. Marchand did not draw blood, however, and the Bruins killed off the two-minute minor for high-sticking.

The Capitals then finally broke through against Tim Thomas with only two minutes remaining the period. The play was set up by a pretty clear from Karl Alzner, who sent one up the left side and found Alex Ovechkin at the blue line. Ovechkin, who was on a new line as coach Dale Hunter tried to switch things up and get the star away from Zdeno Chara, threw one at the front of the net that hit Boston defenseman Greg Zanon right in front of the crease. The puck dropped in the paint and, as Zanon lost his footing, he was unable to put his glove on the puck in the crease. Troy Brouwer, who was being marked by Zanon, was at the right place at the right time and slammed it through the legs of Thomas to give Washington their first lead of the series.

While there were two penalties in the second period, play was still certainly chippy, highlighted by a dust-up between Ovechkin and Dennis Seidenberg. The two came together along the boards, Ovechkin retaliated after the whistle and went high with his stick, catching Seidenberg in the jaw. The Bruins' defenseman screamed at the referee that he would have been tossed if he did that. The period then ended with both teams having to be separated, with Bergeron and Nicklas Backstrom coming together.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 2: Boston And Washington Scoreless After 1st

The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals continued their low-scoring series in the first period of Game 2. After 60-plus minutes of scoreless hockey on Thursday, the clubs head to the first intermission of Game 2 in another scoreless tie. There was a quick pace to the first period, with each team peppering Tim Thomas and Braden Holtby. But both goaltenders continued their impressive play to keep it scoreless.

Washington went on the power play two separate times but Boston did a solid job of killing off both chances, and Brad Marchand even had a good look at a shorthanded goal on the second power play. But Holtby stuffed the wrister from a wide-open Marchand. The second power play was particularly ugly and ineffective for Washington.

Boston's Benoit Pouliot put a slick move on Mike Green, dancing around the Caps' defenseman and drawing a hooking penalty to put the Bruins on the power play. Washington, however, successfully killed off the man-advantage without much trouble.

The Capitals have already put more shots on Thomas than they did in the first 40 minutes of Game 1 on Thursday. Thomas has now shut out the Caps for 80-plus minutes of action in the series. In the first period, both Green and Alexander Semin ripped shots from the point that the All-Star goaltender stuffed in front. Thomas picked up the puck with traffic in front on the Green slap shot. He then promptly made a nice glove save on a Green wrister from center-ice with plenty of commotion in front of the crease. The save on Semin came at the end of the period, blocking it with Brooks Laich providing the screen and then Thomas cleaning up the short rebound. Video of the Thomas saves below:

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Bruins Vs. Capitals Game 2: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The defending Stanley Cup Champion Bruins will hope to have an easier time in Saturday's Game 2 than they did in their 1-0 overtime victory over Washington.

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David Krejci Injury: Bruins Forward Expects To Play Game 2 Vs. Capitals

David Krejci expects to play in Game 2 of the Boston Bruins' Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Washington Capitals despite being struck in the head by a pane of glass, a mishap that forced him to miss practice Friday morning.

Boston's top line center told the media after Friday morning's practice that he "thinks he'll play tomorrow" and that other than a sore neck, he feels like he's in solid shape. Head coach Claude Julien called it a "freak accident," adding that Krejci is "fine."

That's great news for the Bruins. Krejci is a vital piece of their offense, and without him the Capitals defense would have a much easier task when it comes to matching up with their opponent.

Krejci was injured Thursday night following the Bruins' 1-0 overtime victory. During the post-game celebration, excited fans knocked a pane of glass onto the ice, where it struck Krejci in the back of the head. He fell but seemed OK as the team skated to the bench and into the locker room.

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