The Boston Bruins pulled out a 4-3 overtime win against the Washington Capitals and, with their backs against the wall, they have forced this playoff series to seven games. They will now play to win or go home on April 25–and will do so back at TD Garden.
Tyler Seguin‘s early-in-overtime heroics, pictured above, secured the win for Boston after a game of leads and ties. It was good to see Seguin finally producing after a series to date where he hasn’t gotten a point yet.
Rich Peverley opened up scoring on a goal that was originally credited to Patrice Bergeron, but the credit was restored to Peverley–when Bergeron talked to the referees during a commercial break, making sure Peverley got it.
David Krejci put away a power play goal to break the first tie of this game, proving again that it is possible for the Bruins to convert on the power play sometimes. But the Bruins squandered a four-minute man advantage granted when Alexander Ovechkin got a high-sticking penalty on Zdeno Chara and drew blood.
Andrew Ference, the environmentalist of the team, scored on Earth Day and broke another tie with great rebound control at the start of the third period.
Another good sign: seeing Tuukka Rask on the bench again serving as backup.
Welcome back, Tuukka!
Let’s focus on Bergeron for a moment. Clearly not operating at 100 percent after taking two big third-period hits in game five, he seemed unable to take as many faceoffs as normal and Peverley subbed for him in that function. However, Bergeron did decide to take just one faceoff right at the end of the third period when he was on the ice alongside Seguin and Brian Rolston, and he won that one faceoff. He also quite nearly won the game in overtime, but his redirected shot hit the crossbar. No one is saying for sure what might be ailing Bergeron–it’s the playoffs, after all–but here’s hoping he feels even better for game seven!
Here’s hoping that the refereeing is better in game seven. An instance of too many men on the ice for Washington went uncalled, even though NBC whipped out the screen graphics to count seven Capitals on the ice at the same time, and the Capitals actually ended up with a power play after that because of a coincidental call on a Bruin. What’s especially strange is that the referees looked ready to make that call and I even heard someone in stripes shouting for it.
So it all comes down to this: one more game, time to be determined, on April 25. Get ready: this one’s going to be big. It may very well be decided by one goal just like every other game in this series, an NHL first.
Also, Marc Savard predicted this outcome.