- Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
hammered his slapshot past Washington goaltender Braden Holtby and sent the 17, 565 fans at TD Garden into a raucous to give the Bruins the boost that they needed.
The only problem was that it was a little too late.
His score cut into Washington's 2-0 lead with 2:39 left in the second period and Brad Marchand
's goal 28 seconds later evened the score.
But after Mike Knuble and Johnny Boychuk
exchanged goals in the third period, Caps forward Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning power play goal with 1:27 on the clock to give Washington a 4-3 victory and a 3-2 series lead.
"I jumped by their forward and Looch [Milan Lucic
] made a great pass to the outside and all I was trying to do was get the puck on net and somehow it found the back of the net," Seidenebrg said about his goal. "But, we just started playing too late and woke up a little too late and at the end it wasn't enough."
The slashing penalty handed out to B's forward Benoit Pouliot
proved devastating as it led to Brouwer's game-winner, but Seidenberg wasn't set on making any excuses.
"Every penalty that gets called that late in the game is tough," Seidenebrg said. "We should've killed it off, there's no excuses and at the end it wasn't enough."
After the loss, the Bruins now face a 3-2 deficit as they fly back to Washington for Game 6 Sunday at 3 p.m., and the series somewhat parallels the first round matchup with the Montreal Canadiens from last season.
Down 2-0, the Bruins battled back to win in Game 7 at home and advance to the next round.
"I hope we can rely on the experience form last year, Seidenberg said. "We went through it last year, this is a different year but we have that in our bag that we can rely on the way we did last year and hopefully we can pull it off again and just play a strong game from the beginning."
But the experience can only get the Bruins so far, according to Seidenberg, and the real determination has to be created from the players inside the B's locker room.
"We have to look at ourselves," Seidenberg said. "We have to come out harder, with more energy and get emotionally involved a bit quicker than we have the first few games and I'm sure we're going to do that different tomorrow."