The playoffs have officially begun. After waiting another month from the usual start to the playoffs, we are underway towards Lord Stanley. We start this wild playoff season with the Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals. This is the only game that went down on this Saturday night. This game started out how everyone wanted it to. The game was physical, exciting, and fast-paced all the way until overtime. That’s right. The first game of the playoffs goes to overtime. Nic Dowd has now entered the chat.
The Capitals had the better of play for the majority of the game. They outshot Boston in the entire game with a final count of 32-26. The overtime period started off with a jump from Boston. After that, Washington needed just one shot to end the game. TJ Oshie takes a Tom Wilson feed and rips a one-timer and Nic Dowd ends up with the tip. After a review for offside, the goal stands and the Capitals take game one.
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Who could have seen this coming? The Capitals went up 1-0 thanks to a Tom Wilson goal. It was then that Jake DeBrusk put the Bruins on the board by tying the game. The goal came with a price for Washington. Goaltender Vitek Vanecek seemed to tweak something on the goal and needed to be taken out of the game. Craig Anderson came in the game in relief and his play helped lead to the Nic Dowd goal.
Anderson has not played a playoff game since game seven against the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 2017 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He has only played in four games in the last fourteen months. Not a lot of playing time this season, but he was up to the task tonight. He stops 21 out of 22 shots in this game to help lead the Capitals to a victory in game one.
Lack of Hustle From Boston
The Bruins clearly did not deserve to win this game tonight. The effort was not there from the team all night. They are lucky that Tuukka Rask played so well through regulation and gave them a chance to win. Before the Nic Dowd goal, the top two lines for Boston didn’t look themselves tonight. Jake DeBrusk and Nick Ritchie scored the goals for Boston tonight. Who could have predicted that with the talent they have on the top two lines?
If Boston wants to even up this series, they need to commit more to the playoff style. That means more body checking, more forecheck, and most importantly, SHOOT THE PUCK. The whole game, including overtime, the Bruins had 26 shots on goal. That is ridiculously low for a playoff game that went to overtime. This Nic Dowd goal should be a wake-up call to Boston.
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