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.