BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals stops a shot by Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 14, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 in double overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Washington and Boston head to DC tied at 1-1. The Capitals' Braden Holtby has been a spark so far.
The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals have traded overtime wins in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series. But with the Capitals coming off a 2-1 win in Game 2 and the series headed back to the District of Columbia, it may be the perennial playoff underperformers with all the momentum.
No. 2 Boston Bruins at No. 7 Washington Capitals
7:30 p.m. ET Monday-- Game 3, Eastern Quarterfinals | Series tied, 1-1
National TV: NBC Sports, CBC, RDS | Local TV: NESN, Comcast Sports Massachusetts
Young goalie Braden Holtby has been the Caps' spark so far, nearly matching Boston's venerable Tim Thomas in net through two games. Holtby stopped 28 of 29 shots in Game 1, then outdid himself by coming up with 43 saves on 44 shots in Game 2. If he can keep up that level of play at home, the Capitals will be in great shape to exorcise some demons, and eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions.