The last time the Bruins were in town on March 5, my headline ran “Caps overcome 3-0 first period deficit; win in overtime.” And Eric Fehr scored the OT game winner.
Today, my headline is “Caps overcome 2-0 third period deficit; win in overtime.” And Eric Fehr scored the OT game winner.
While clearly not a good habit for the Capitals to fall in (Capitals only 4-11-2 trailing after two periods), these games are certainly entertaining to watch.
If I were photographing the game from rink side (instead of the press box), here are the “snap shots” I would have taken.
Snapshots 1 and 2
Mike Green dominated the third period and overtime: 2 goals, 1 assist, 6 shots and 3 blocked shots. After Bruins Adam McQuad tripped Capitals Jason Chimera, Mike Green scored the power play goal over Tuukka Rask’s right shoulder five minutes into the third period to cut the deficit to 2 to 1. The goal followed a cycle by Alex Ovechkin to Troy Brouwer to Green.
Two minutes later, Green again scored a power play goal on a one-timer to tie the game 2 to 2. The goal followed a long outlet by Ovechkin to Mike Ribeiro.
With the two goals, Green passed P.K. Subban for the lead for most goals (12) by a defenseman this season. Green’s season had three parts. He opened with only 2 goals in sixteen games. This slow period intertwined with him missing thirteen games. However, Green finished the season with 10 goals in nineteen games. Green seems like the all-star Mike Green of only a few years ago.
Snapshots 3 thru 6
After an inconsistent game, goalie Braden Holtby had to preserve the tie and bring the game into overtime when Green was called for hooking with 1:39 left in regulation. Since Ovechkin and Brad Merchand were each already out for roughing, the Bruins had a 4 on 3 power play to end regulation. Holtby made two strong saves.
Prior to the power play, Holtby made his two best saves from up close with around four minutes to go.
Snapshots 7 thru 10
1:40 into overtime, Bruins Zdeno Chara hooked Ribeiro to give the Caps a 4 on 3 power play. Caps dominated the power play. 4 shots, including Eric Fehr’s game winner from his rebound of a Green shot.
The game featured a match-up of the number one power play (Washington at 25.8%) verse the number one penalty kill (Boston at 88.5%). The Capitals clearly win the contest with 3 power play goals.
Ovechkin won his third Rocket Richard award for his league leading 32 goals. He also finished the season number 1 in power play goals (16) and shots (220). Further, he moved into first place in power play points (27 – tied with Mike Ribeiro) and tied for third in overall points (56).
Nicklas Backstrom and Ribiero moved into third (40) and fifth (36) respectively in assists.