Washington 2, Bruins 1: Holtby unbeatable, Caps win PP battle

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The Bruins set a Washington opponent’s record with 45 shots on net in a non-overtime playoff game, and were credited with an astounding 83 shot attempts.

And they’re still coming home with their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Capitals tied 2-2.

Washington rookie goaltender Braden Holtby made 44 saves and the Caps blocked 26 shots in tonight’s Game 4 to even up the series with a 2-1 victory. Holtby now has a 1.60 goals-against average and .953 save percentage through four games of this series.

Game 5 is Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.

Rich Peverley scored the lone Bruins’ goal 13:12 into the first period to tie the game. He now has goals in consecutive games. However, he scored the goal while the Bruins were in between lines changes and was on the ice with Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell, who assisted on the goal. So the Bruins still do not have any production from their top two lines in this series. In the third period, head coach Claude Julien flipped Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand, to no avail.

Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin were the Bruins’ leaders in shots on net with six apiece. Somehow David Krejci failed to register a shot on net in 17:31 of ice time.

Chara was also the team leader in attempts blocked with five.

Alexander Semin scored the game-winning goal with 1:17 left in the second period. The goal came on a power play after a questionable hooking call on Patrice Bergeron. However, momentum turned the Capitals’ way on an earlier power play in the period after a Johnny Boychuk hooking penalty was unnecessary with Troy Brouwer pursuing the puck to the corner with his back to the Boston net.

Washington’s power play is now 2-for-12 in this series.

▪It too the Bruins until the third period to get a power play, but the results were the same – no goal and not even a shot on net on their one attempt. Boston is now 0-for-12 in the series. Washington has killed off 39 of its last 41 shorthanded situations dating back 16 games.

Benoit Pouliot was back on the power play to provide a net-front presence, but that didn’t work.

Marcus Johansson scored the game’s first goal 1:22 in on the first shot on net of the night. The Caps then went more than 11 minutes before their next shot on goal. Boston outshot Washington, 14-3, in the first period but went to the dressing room tied at 1.

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