The Boston Bruins won the first game of their playoff series against the Washington Capitals on the stick of Chris Kelly, a 1-0 win in overtime. The goal was just 1:18 into the overtime period. Here are my five observations.
Number Five: Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby deserved better than what he got. The Capitals might not have, but it was not Holtby’s fault. He did not allow a goal until 21 minutes and 18 seconds into the game, and it was a rocket by Kelly. Holtby can still be an x factor in this series.
Number Four- Shots on Net
The Bruins dominated in this department all night long, finishing with a 30-17 advantage by the end of the game. The first two periods saw the Bruins attack the Capitals, but in the third period, the Caps stepped up with their shots. But the team with the most shots won, and it might be that kind of series.
Number Three- The New Horton?
After the game, Tim Thomas mentioned that they need a new Nathan Horton with the concussed forward out for the playoffs. Horton of course scored two overtime goals for the Bruins in their first round series vs Montreal last season, and now Kelly scores tonight against Washington.
Number Tw0- Capitals’ Style
The Capitals are a team known for their offense, but head coach Dale Hunter has tried to change that. The Caps played defensive the first two periods, struggling while doing so. They took off in the third when they went back to offense, so how do they open the second game?
Number One- Tim Thomas
Everyone has said that if Thomas is the Thomas of the Bruins Cup run last season, they should go deep into the playoffs. Well, tonight Thomas was that guy again, something that the Bruins will need.