Five minutes into the second period of the Capitals’ first playoff game in Boston, Alex Ovechkin skated the puck into the neutral zone looking to make a play. As he did, Dennis Seidenberg made a decision he might regret.
The Bruins defenseman thought he could catch Ovi napping at the red line and destroy him with an open-ice body check. Instead, the Russian machine got his arms up and this happened.
So. Here we are. The Caps’ long, strange trip to the playoffs wasn’t easy, not by any stretch, and their first round opponent doesn’t look so easy either. We know what’s behind us – a roller coaster season of consistent inconsistency, and we know what’s ahead of us – the defending Stanley Cup Champions are big, physical, and chock full of talent. So this probably explains why hockey’s literati almost to the person predicts a Boston win for the series. We don’t put much stock in that, of course. We don’t because we’re homers. Homo homers to be precise.
We look at the Boston match up as a series of If – Then statements: If Ovi, Sasha, and Nicky fire, then we’ll be OK. If we can match them physically, then we don’t get pushed around. If our special teams perform, then we’ll have a real shot. If we put rubber on that creep, Timmy Thomas, get in his head and face, then we’ll score moar goals. If we crash the net, you know the rest. And it’s Timmy and his counterpart at the opposite end of the rink that we think this series revolves around.
Might as well just give it to ’em now, right?
The good people on the Hockey sub-reddit did the legwork on this one. They tracked down all the articles from the last few days predicting which teams will win each season. The results are… unkind to our Capitals.
58 hockey journalists hazarded a guess about the Boston Bruins-Washington Capitals match-up. You can view the original data here, but check out our visualizations (cheesy pie charts) behind the jump.
For a while, earlier in the season, the Boston Bruins were amazing. Scoring was frequent and widely spread among the team (six of whom ended up with 20+ goals). And after every one of the team’s 131 goals at TD Garden this season, the song above played.
It is a remix of “Kernkraft 400” by Zombie Nation, although everyone just calls the song “Zombie Nation” because people are idiots. It’s from a genre of music known as “awful”, but folks who are nuts for categorization can file it under “techno music for people who positively demand a hangover tomorrow.”
And it’s an awful choice for a city that actually has decent music. Follow me past the jump and let’s peruse.
Ed. note: We’re gonna prepare you for the Caps-Bruins series from every angle this week.
The playoffs are a physical grind, but we shouldn’t underestimate the psychological dimension either. Remember We are Louder, anyone? For that reason, the Washington Capitals’ upcoming series with the Boston Bruins is kind of daunting. Those guys have psy-ops down pat thanks to their demented, violent mascot, the Bruins Bear.
Fresh off the presses!
THURSDAY, APRIL 12 7:30 P.M. AT BOSTON NBCSN/CSN SATURDAY, APRIL 14 3 P.M. AT BOSTON NBC MONDAY, APRIL 16 7:30 P.M. AT WASHINGTON NBCSN/CSN THURSDAY, APRIL 19 7:30 P.M. AT WASHINGTON NBCSN/CSN SATURDAY, APRIL 21 3 P.M. AT BOSTON NBC SUNDAY, APRIL 22 TBD AT WASHINGTON TBD WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 TBD AT BOSTON TBD
Instant reactions anyone? Looks like the Caps and Bruins are the only teams to have back-to-backs this round.
By now we all know Matt Hendricks has Serious Shootout Skills. But the shootout is a gimmick, a sideshow that decides games for no good reason except to entertain fans. The shootout never really meant much… until tonight.
The Washington Capitals stepped out of playoff contention following their loss to Buffalo. Thursday’s game with the Boston Bruins was just the latest in a line of Most Important Games, but you couldn’t tell from watching.
After two scoreless periods, Dennis Wideman took a pass from Marcus Johansson and turned into a huge goal. Not long after, Alex Ovechkin saucered the puck to Johansson for a one-timer tally.
Then Krecji deflected in a shot from that hypothyroid guy with just three minutes left. Andrew Ference tied it up after Wideman failed to clear the zone right after that. Overtime decided nothing. Caps Bruins 3-2 (Shootout).
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