Bruins Vs. Capitals, Game 5: Washington Takes Series Lead

Tim Thomas put in a bad performance for the Boston Bruins in the third period, helping the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 series lead.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 5: Washington Takes Home Ice, Series Lead

The Washington Capitals are heading back to Washington, D.C. with a 3-2 series lead over the Boston Bruins, having reclaimed home ice advantage with a late game-winning goal. The Bruins came back from 2-0 down to tie the game, then 3-2 down to tie it again on Saturday, but gave away a power play in the closing minutes which the Caps converted on to win 4-3.

Washington scored their first two goals in the second period, and the Bruins looked deflated when Jay Beagle scored the second. Incredibly, Boston fought back and scored two goals in a period of 28 seconds to tie the game. Up until that point, Braden Holtby had been flawless, but he could have done more to stop the goals by Dennis Seidenberg and Brad Marchand.

The Caps took the lead back early in the third period and it was very much on Thomas. He gave up a terrible rebound on a half-hearted fling towards the net by Joel Ward, setting up Mike Knuble for an easy goal.

Four minutes later, Dennis Wideman took a bad penalty for cross checking Marchand and the Capitals would pay for it. Johnny Boychuk capitalized on the power play, leveling the score once again. The Caps would get the last laugh, however, scoring the winner in similar fashion, on a power play given to them with a poor penalty. Once again, Thomas was to blame for the goal.

With under three minutes remaining in the game, Benoit Pouliot was whistled for slashing Nicklas Backstrom, sending the Caps to the power play. The Bruins killed off half the penalty, but Thomas gave up an extremely soft goal to gift Washington the win. Troy Brouwer was the scorer with a wrist shot from a narrow angle, to Thomas's glove side. It was a shot that, nine times out of ten, Thomas saves without much of an issue.

The Capitals and Bruins will turn around and play again on Sunday in Washington with no day off, and the Caps will have a chance to advance on home ice.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 5: Offense Comes Alive In 2-2 Tie After 2nd Period

After another extended scoreless stretch in their first-round series, both the Bruins and Capitals finally put some goals on the board 30 minutes into Game 5 at TD Garden. They enter the second intermission in a 2-2 tie.

The Capitals took the lead on Alexander Semin's third goal of the playoffs. Washington caught the Bruins on a long shift, and the fatigue of Boston's defenseman was compounded when Joe Corvo went down after taking a shot on the inside of his knee. Marcus Johansson bought some time and rotated the puck out to Dennis Wideman at the top. Wideman fired one at Tim Thomas, and Semin was there to pick up the rebound after he put Greg Zanon on the ice. The Russian, who won Game 4 with an absolute snipe past Thomas, patiently controlled the rebound, took a step back and fired it around the Bruins' netminder. Video of the goal:

The Capitals would then take a two-goal lead three minutes later, when Jay Beagle scored his first of the series on an unassisted play. A failed clear by Boston set up the chance, with Beagle keeping it in the zone and streaking down the left wing. It was a rare miss by Thomas, as Beagle grabbed the puck off the boards and fired a quick wrist shot at the crease. The puck found its way under the glove arm of Thomas for the 2-0 Capitals lead.

Boston, however, would respond quickly and in a loud way. The Bruins tied it up with two goals in less than 30 seconds, completely changing the tenor of the game and whipping the TD Garden crowd into a frenzy. Washington had controlled the game for the first 35 minutes, which led to the first two-goal lead of the series. It was Bruins' defenseman Dennis Seidenberg who finally solved Braden Holtby in Game 5, beating the Caps' goaltender with a shot from the right circle. Boston controlled the puck in the neutral zone and Milan Lucic dropped it off for Seidenberg, who beat Holtby on the glove side. Video of the goal:

With the PA announcer still sorting out the details from the first goal, the Bruins would immediately tie it up just 30 seconds later as Brad Marchand slammed one past Holtby. Marchand has had an up-an-down series so far, and Boston coach Claude Julien put him on the fourth line in practice on Friday. But he made his presence felt on Saturday, putting one through the legs of Holtby off a rebound in front:

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Bruins Vs. Capitals, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 5: Impressive Goaltending Continues In Scoreless First Period

The first four games of the first round series between the Bruins and Capitals fhave been dominated by excellent goaltending, and that trend continued in the first period of Game 5, which entered the first intermission in a scoreless tie. Both teams had solid scoring chances, but the goaltenders, and pipes in a couple instances, quickly snuffed out the opportunities.

The game was called tight in the first period, with the referees showing little tolerance for extracurriculars. The Bruins went on the power play first, when the Caps' defenseman John Carlson went barreling into Tim Thomas after firing a shot from the top. It appeared Carlson tried to put the brakes on as he got to the front of the crease, but the hard-charging slew of Bruins helped nudge him into Thomas, and then helped rub his face into the ice for colliding so violently with their goaltender. Washington would kill off the penalty without incident, as Braden Holtby continued his impressive work in the crease.

Troy Brouwer and Stephen Paille were sent to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct after some chippiness while the teams were setting up a for a face-off at the mid-point of the period. With four-on-four play, Bruins' captain Zdeno Chara was whistled for roughing Alex Ovechkin shortly after the unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Chara put a clean check on Oveckhin along the boards, and gave him a little push with his glove as Ovie was heading to the ice. But the two connected just seconds later in front of the net, and the officials sent Chara to the box for an extra cross-check chuck to Ovechkin after the whistle. Dennis Wideman fired a rocket at Thomas but Boston killed off the penalty with relative ease.

The Bruins hit the pipes twice, but could not break through against Holtby. One rocket went just off the top of the crossbar, and then Paille had a breakaway shorthanded chance that went right past Holtby but deflected just off the short side post. Washington finished the period with 11 shots on goal while Boston peppered Holtby 10 times, but again each netminder was up to the task.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Bruins Vs. Capitals Game 5: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

22-year old goalkeeper Braden Holtby has the Capitals tied with the defending Stanley Cup Champions - can the Bruins figure out how to beat him in Game 5?

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