BOSTON, MA – The Washington Capitals kept their Stanley Cup dreams alive Wednesday night as they defeated the defending Stanley Cup Champions to advance to the second round of the NHL Playoffs.
In a decisive Game 7, the Caps managed to punch their ticket into the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals with a 2-1 overtime victory. The series is the first in NHL history to feature all seven games decided by one goal, four of which were won in overtime.
“Well just to win and move on is, I don’t know. It’s awesome,” said Washington forward Brooks Laich. “Just complete elation. We’re very excited.”
BOSTON, MA – Washington Capitals backup goaltender Braden Holtby shined in his NHL playoff debut, as he turned aside 30 shots to hold the Boston Bruins scoreless through three periods.
The lone blemish on the night came less than two minutes into overtime, however, as Chris Kelly beat the young netminder at the 1:18 mark to give the Bruins a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Although playing for over 60 minutes without allowing a goal, Holtby believed he had much to improve upon when the two teams square off for Game 2 on Saturday night.
BOSTON, MA – Sidney Crosby again proved why he is one of the premier hockey players on the planet Tuesday night, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Boston Bruins 5-3.
Crosby picked up two goals and three points on the night and Kris Letang added three helpers of his own to lead the Penguins past the Northeast Division champions at the TD Garden.
Coming off an emotional contest against the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday afternoon, Crosby admitted it was crucial to get out to a fast start against a tough Bruins team.
BOSTON, MA -– The Tampa Bay Lightning came into the TD Garden on Tuesday night after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 just 24 hours prior. However, NHL leading scorer Steven Stamkos was unable to lift the Lightning past the Bruins as Tampa Bay lost 5-2.
Stamkos notched two goals in the losing effort, raised his season tally to a Lighting franchise record 55 goals. After the game, Stamkos noted the game served as a lesson for an injury plagued Lightning squad.
“We did make some mental mistakes, myself included and we can all do better defensively,” admitted the young forward. “But we learn from those and we have to finish hard down the stretch.”
BOSTON, MA — The Philadelphia Flyers ran out of luck Saturday at the TD Garden, falling 3-2 in a shootout to the Boston Bruins, ending the Bruins four-game losing streak.
Although battling back from a 2-0 deficit to send the game into overtime, the Philadelphia team was unable to solve Tim Thomas to find the game-winning tally.
“We were capable of coming back,” said Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr. “We had a tough time with the one o’clock games. But we came back. That’s a good point. Too bad we couldn’t get the other one.”
BOSTON, MA – With rosters that feature offensive stars such as Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic, Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek, it was tough grinders that decided the Thursday night game between the division rivals Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins.
Led by goals from Johnny Boychuk and Gregory Campbell, the Bruins edged past the Sabres 3-1, who were left to lament their lack of finish in a tightly contested game.
“I think our line and Cody Hodgson’s line probably didn’t generate as much as we would have wanted,” Buffalo forward Jason Pominville said. “Part of it is because of what we did and part of it is because of what [the Bruins] did. I think that it falls on us to be better and to generate more by simplifying, by getting pucks deep and skating.”
BOSTON, MA — The Ottawa Senators found a way to defeat their Northeast Division rival Boston Bruins Tuesday night, lead by rookie goaltender Robin Lehner.
In just his third NHL start, Lehner recorded the first shutout of his career, blanking the Bruins by a score of 1-0. In those three starts, Lehner has a 3-0 record, allowing just four goals on 87 shots for a 1.33 GAA and .954 save percentage.
Lehner credited his teammates for his recent success and noted that their play has allowed him to focus on making saves.
BOSTON, MA – There was no love lost at the TD Garden this Valentine’s Day, as the Eastern Conference leading New York Rangers proved why they are the class of the NHL on Tuesday night, as they shutout the Bruins by a score of 3-0.
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist led the Rangers with a season-high 42 saves, as he recorded his league leading seventh shutout in the Rangers win. With the victory, New York opened up a nine-point lead over the second place Bruins in the Eastern Conference.
“We’ve seen some other goalies that are great a couple nights and maybe a couple off nights and he, knock on wood here, has been unbelievable the whole year,” said New York defenseman Michael Del Zotto. “He doesn’t take a night off.”
BOSTON, MA — Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider certainly enjoyed his first trip back to Boston since last season’s Stanley Cup Final, recording the victory in a 4-3 Canucks win over the Bruins.
Although the game was the first on a four-game road trip for the Canucks, Schneider, a Marblehead, MA native, had plenty of friendly faces in the crowd.
“It was a big game so I think everyone was looking for them,” Schneider said, when asked if he was able to get tickets to the game for his entire family. “I tried to get as many people as I could, [but] tickets were tight.”