Listed here are the Speaking Factors from the Boston Bruins 3-2 double-overtime win over the Washington Capitals in Recreation 3 at TD Backyard on Wednesday evening.
GOLD STAR: Craig Smith has been constantly good for a few months now for the Bruins and it was his flip to shine on Wednesday evening with the double-overtime game-winner. The objective was typical Smith as he doggedly hustled in to disrupt a play and compelled an enormous gaffe within the puck handoff between Ilya Samsonov and Justin Schultz. Smith sped proper in to steal the puck after which beat a lackadaisical Samsonov again to the web for a fast wraparound likelihood that made for a straightforward playoff game-winner. It was Smith’s first objective of the playoffs whereas doing work for the second line however was additionally paired with a nifty no-look drop go to Taylor Corridor for Boston’s first objective within the first interval. Smith completed with two factors, a plus-2, six shot makes an attempt, three hits and three blocked pictures in 22:17 of ice time and put in a full evening’s work to earn the OT winner.
BLACK EYE: Ilya Samsonov made 40 saves and usually performed very nicely in a shock begin for the Capitals coming off the COVID-19 checklist. He didn’t surrender many rebounds as Craig Anderson had in the last few video games and he made some stellar saves on the Bruins whereas enjoying very massive within the Washington web. However it was a teen’s mistake in double additional time when Samsonov wasn’t on the identical web page with Justin Schultz for a puck handoff behind the web. As a substitute, Smith stole the puck and Samsonov slowly ambled his means again to the web with out sufficient time to arrange and attempt to cease the wraparound try from the B’s proper winger. All it took was the one mistake and the sport was over with the Bruins taking a 2-1 collection lead within the best-of-seven playoff collection.
TURNING POINT: The Bruins appeared to essentially take the sport over as soon as it bought to additional time and the Capitals appeared to be sporting down after a tough, bodily 60 minutes. The Bruins outshot the Capitals 17-5 within the first additional time and 19-8 general in each additional classes previous to the Craig Smith game-winner, and it appeared like they have been doing a a lot better job of dealing with Washington’s strain as the sport went alongside. That became many probabilities for the B’s within the additional session and at the very least one golden scoring likelihood for David Pastrnak on a breakaway the place it appeared very clear that TJ Oshie was responsible of a stick infraction earlier than he went crashing into the tip boards. There was no penalty name regardless of a transparent foul that worn out a scoring try, so the Bruins took it in their very own palms to win in double additional time after that.
HONORABLE MENTION: Tuukka Rask was excellent whereas making 35 saves within the win and he didn’t surrender a single smooth or goofy objective on this one. As a substitute, the Boston Bruins netminder appeared locked in and even delivered three straight jabs to Garnet Hathaway after the Capitals ahead knocked him helmet off after which tried to throw a headlock on him earlier than falling into the crease. Amazingly, Rask now has the second-most playoff wins amongst energetic NHL goaltenders with 53 postseason victories that has him three forward of former Washington nemesis Braden Holtby. Rask was at his finest within the second interval when he stopped 12 pictures because the Capitals actually surged ahead with the assault, however he was strong all through the double-overtime win.
Tuukka Rask – not a fan of Garnet Hathaway: pic.twitter.com/ftJldo5yoi
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) May 20, 2021
BY THE NUMBERS: 12 – the variety of consecutive one-goal playoff video games between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals courting again to 1988, which is a franchise file for each hockey golf equipment at this level.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “Don’t sleep, bitch!” –Alex Ovechkin by way of Russian translation as he was screaming at his younger Russian goalie teammate Ilya Samsonov because the Capitals left the bench following the double-overtime loss. Good management second there from the 35-year-old Capitals captain.
I’d think about he’s ripping his younger Russian goalie teammate there https://t.co/kStnxZNdDG
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) May 20, 2021