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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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