Five Observations: Bruins vs Capitals Game 3

The Boston Bruins have taken the lead in their first round series against the Washington Capitals, after a 4-3 win in Game 3. They scored with under two minutes left on four on four to take the lead and win the game. Here are my five observations.

Number Five- Tim Thomas

Tim Thomas made 29 saves in the 4-3 win, most of the important ones coming in the final two minutes while the Capitals had a power play and pulled their goalie. Again, if not for him, they would not be here.

Number Four- Defense

The defense of the Bruins was not a highlight tonight. The one play that sticks out is the Capitals game tying goal from Brooks Laich, when Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidbenberg were caught sleeping.

Number Three- Daniel Paille

Daniel Paille is a player that I call out a lot. He struggles on offense and cannot handle the puck. However, and I said the same thing last year, he seems to step up in the playoffs.

Number Two- Braden Holtby

Braden Holtby seems to struggle without the blanket that is the Capitals defense. He seemed to panic on second chances, and overall, did not make any saves without the D in front of him.

Number One- Second Chances

As I said after last game, the Bruins were not getting second chances because the Capitals defense blocked everything and cleared pucks out of harm’s way. Tonight, they scored off of two second chances, and Holtby looked shaky on both of them. That is the key to this series.

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