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When: April 14, 2012
What: With the Bruins frustrated by Braden Holtby (what else is new?), Benoit Pouliot scores a pure hustle goal to tie things up.
The 2011-2012 Bruins were a weird bunch.
On the one hand, you wanted to see the team go out and defend its title. On the other hand, the team just won the Cup, so you could cut it some slack.
The B’s first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals was, like all recent Bruins-Capitals games, a frustrating affair, mainly because of Braden Holtby.
The Bruins still can’t score on Holtby regularly. The 2012 series was no different.
The B’s scored a single goal against Holtby in Game 1, on an OT slapshot by Chris Kelly that Holtby probably should have saved.
Down 1-0 in the third in Game 2, the Bruins were frustrated once again, until a broken play and a whole lot of hustle tied things at 1-1.
The ironic part? It was Benoit Pouliot who was the hustler, a guy who was maligned for lack of effort at times in his career.
It really was a remarkable effort though. Pouliot was at the top of the circle when the shot was taken, then had the hockey sense to fight through traffic and tip the puck past a sprawling Holtby.
Alas, it ended poorly. Nicklas Backstrom scored in OT to knot the series at 1-1, and the Bruins went on to lose in seven.
But we’ll always have Benny Orr!