Braden Holtby's 45 saves were the key to the Washington Capitals' 2-1 Game 4 victory at Verizon Center on Thursday night. With the win, the Caps tied their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Boston Bruins at two games apiece heading into Sunday's Game 5 at Boston's TD Garden.
The Bruins controlled possession for all but a 10-or-so minute stretch in the second period, and the shot totals definitely reflected that. Boston outshot Washington 45-21 in the game, including a 14-3 tally in the first period and a 13-3 mark in the third.
Special teams were also big. The Capitals did a phenomenal job not taking penalties, especially considering how much time they spent pinned in their own zone with the Bruins on the attack. Boston only had one opportunity on the man advantage and they failed to convert -- a theme that continued from the first three games in the series.
The B's won the Stanley Cup with an awful power play last season, but an 0-for power play in this first round series has been their Achilles heel. The Caps scored the game winning goal on the power play late in the second period.
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