Capitals Vs. Bruins, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 6: Washington Ties Game at End of Second Period

Tim Thomas was able to hold off the Capitals for almost the entire period, but Jason Chimera's tally with under a minute left has the Capitals and the Bruins tied headed into the third.

The Capitals were the aggressors all period; after Alexander Ovechkin's double minor penalty for high-sticking Zdeno Chara in the face only resulted in one power play shot by the Bruins, the Capitals were able to string together a series of chances which Thomas did a good job handling.

However, Thomas didn't have a chance on Chimera's shot: Chimera had taken down Brad Marchand in Washington's zone. NIcklas Backstrom took the puck up ice and drew the attention of the Boston defense, allowing him to thread a beautiful pass to Chimera for an easy shot at an open net.

Here's video of the score that knotted the game.

Here's the hit by Chimera that set up his goal:

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Ovechkin's earlier high stick didn't go without retaliation: Alexander Semin took a shot to the head from Patrice Bergeron that he didn't appear to enjoy much.

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And so, the Caps and Bruins are tied with a period left. For Boston, it's do or die time - if they come out on the wrong end, this will be the end of their Stanley Cup defense.

For the Boston fan perspective, head to Stanley Cup of Chowder and SB Nation Boston. For thoughts from the Caps side, head to SB Nation D.C. and Jasper's Rink.

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