But it became all too familiar again Thursday night as Boston lost to the Capitals 2-1 to even the series 2-2, despite putting 45 shots on net.
The Caps’ young goaltender resembled his near perfect form seen in the first two contests, while Washington’s defense blocked 26 shots – the third time the Caps have blocked 20-plus shots in the series.
“We had so many chances, we just didn’t bury them,” Bruins forward David Krejci
said. “I think that’s the story of today’s game. Like I said, we could’ve had five goals on our line but we didn’t, that’s how it is.
“We created so many chances, we put 45 shots on the goalie and out of those 45 shots I believe a lot of them were great scoring chances and we didn’t bury them and that’s what happened.”
For defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
, the frustration mounted as the Bruins failed to facilitate and maintain traffic in front of Holtby.
“We were trying to get guys in front of the net and traffic and pucks there,” Seidenberg said. “I mean we did one of the two which was getting pucks there, but we didn’t have traffic to make it hard on the goalie and get rebounds and put the rebounds in.
“We had a few odd man rushes for us, we just didn’t bear down hard enough and use those chances to score. We played an okay game, but there was just not enough pressure for us to score goals.”
The Capitals needed less than half of the shots the Bruins took, using 21 shots on net to score two goals.
Marcus Johansson scored just 1:22 into the game and after a goal from Bruins forward Rich Peverley
, Alexander Semin scored the game-winner late in the second period.
“We had a couple of turnovers, couple of sloppy plays in our own zone which resulted in a couple of chances for them, but for the most part I think we kept them to the outside,” Seidenberg said. “They didn’t get a whole lot of shots, but when they did they were good chances, but for the most part we didn’t have it.”