– After Thursday night’s game, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara
made it clear the Bruins needed to execute better offensively if they wanted to improve in Game 2.
The chances were there tonight, as the B’s peppered Washington Capitals rookie goaltender Braden Holtby with 44 shots. But again, the Black & Gold was only able to muster one goal in a 2-1, double overtime loss as Washington evened the series 1-1 at the TD Garden Saturday.
“It’s been very tight hockey, it’s been playoff hockey and it’s about us finding ways to create some more chances and find a way to get the puck in the net,” Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron
said. “We had some good looks – [but] I think we can be better and we can improve.”
With the game tied at 1-1, Bergeron and Nicklas Backstrom lined up to take the faceoff nearly three minutes into the second overtime session. Bergeron won the draw, but Marcus Johannson battled to the puck and centered a pass to Backstrom, who buried the game-winning goal.
“I think it’s just one of those plays – the puck was bouncing and they found it before we did,” Bergeron said. “It’s all right. It’s unfortunate and I was trying to stay with winning the draw there, and obviously it’s an unfortunate bounce and it’s a tough loss. But it’s playoff hockey and we got to go back and think about Game 3.”
After nearly 40 minutes of tied hockey, the Capitals took the lead after a goal from Troy Brouwer squirted past Tim Thomas
with 2:03 left in the second period.
But later in the third period, the Bruins tied the game when Benoit Pouliot
chipped a loose puck over the head of Holtby and scored
, then crashed into the Caps goaltender.
The B’s put 11 shots on Holtby in the first overtime period, but the 22-year-old goalie stopped them all to force another 20-minute frame.
In the B’s overtime victory Thursday, Holtby made 29 saves and bettered that in Game 2 with 43.
According to Bergeron, the B’s have to do a better job creating traffic in front of the net.
“It’s about getting there, getting into I guess the dirty area, getting in front of the net, screening him – making his job harder than it is right now,” Bergeron said. “And you know, he’s making some good saves, but still I think we can be better and make it harder for him.”
The fact that the Capitals have blocked 49 shots in the last two games hasn’t helped, either.
“I mean we’re trying to put the puck on net,” Bergeron said. “They’re doing a good job of blocking it – we have to be better at finding that seam, finding that hole to put it there and create some rebounds and stuff like that.”
Now, the Bruins head to Washington for Game 3 on Monday at 7:30 p.m. with the series split after two tough, grueling matchups.
But Bergeron said his team – which entered Montreal down 2-0 in last season’s Quarterfinal – is prepared to face the adversity Washington has dealt them.
“We’ve been through it,” Bergeron said. “It’s about us going out there now in Washington and doing the job, worrying about Game 3.
"It’s something we’ve been through it in the past and there’s nothing more we can do right now about this one.”