So after two games of this series some questions have been answered and some remain to be seen. Would Braden Holtby handle the pressure? So far, yes. Could the Caps win a tight, low-scoring game against the Bruins? Happened last night. Can the Bruins use their experience and overall toughness to win a long series against the Caps? Who knows, but it looks like this series has the potential to go a long, long way.
Of course, last year the Bruins were down 0-2 to Montreal heading to the Bell Centre, so this is probably a better spot for them to be in. I think the silver lining in all of this is that the Bruins clearly haven't played up to their potential while things are going right for the Caps, but yet both games have gone to OT and the series is tied. Basically, that suggests that if the Bruins turn it up in Washington, things will go well. Game 3 is huge. If the Bruins win, Game 4 becomes a pseudo-elimination game for Washington. If the Caps win, they can take a commanding 3-1 lead with a Game 4 win and the Bruins would have to win in Washington to come back. It's going to be interesting.
After the jump, playoff talk.
- Say what you want about Haggs, but he's right on this one. The top two lines have been pretty much crap so far. The third line has carried this team so far in this series. Might we see Seguin with Krejci and Lucic in Game 3? [CSNNE]
- The Bruins seemed surprised by the shot-blocking of the Caps in Game 1, and the same was true in Game 2. Washington looks like the Rangers out there. Of course, when most of the shots are coming from outside it's not all that tough . . . [CSNNE]
- They're quite aware in Washington that the Bruins are frustrated with their offensive output. [Washington Post]
- Braden Holtby is impressing everyone, including his own teammates. [NESN]
- What happens if Michal Neuvirth is ready to return? According to the poll results here, Caps fans would prefer he stay in there, unsurprisingly. I'm all for Neuvirth getting in there. [Pro Hockey Talk]
- Just one more article on the top two lines not performing. There are legitimately thousands around today. [Globe]
- Stop the presses, there's a goalie controversy in Vancouver! Alain Vigneault has not told his goalies which one will start Game 3, but he does know . . . This screams Schneider to me. [Pro Hockey Talk]
- Ottawa tied up their series with the Rangers last night on a Chris Neil OT winner 1:17 in. Erik Karlsson scored a fluky goal and had 10 shots. Rangers are in the same spot as the Bruins are right now, tied 1-1 going on the road. [Puck Daddy]
- Marc-Edouard Vlasic, nicknamed Pickles, got into a pickle himself as he put a loose puck into his own net. St. Louis went on to win 3-0 and tie the series at 1-1. [Puck Daddy]
- Daniel Sedin is not travelling to LA and will miss Games 3 and 4 of that series. [TSN]
- Two pucks ended up on the ice during the Rangers-Sens game. Hilarity ensued. [NHL]
- Big fight at the end of the Sharks-Blues game last night. [HockeyFights]