By Brian Willwerth
Two games, two overtime thrillers. And what started, as a best of seven is now a best of five.
On Saturday afternoon, Nicklas Backstrom scored early in double-OT to give the Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Bruins. The Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series is tied at a game apiece.
Game 3 is Monday night at the Verizon Center.
How the game was won: The Caps won a faceoff in the offensive zone. Backstrom ended up with it in the left faceoff circle and wristed it past Tim Thomas for the game-winner.
As even as it gets: Through two games, each team has one win. Each team has scored two goals. Each team has scored one overtime goal. Both goaltenders have been stellar, with an edge to the Caps’ Braden Holtby (72 saves in the series.)
Thomas’ postseason shutout streak ended at 161 minutes, 41 seconds, as Troy Brouwer scored in the second frame. Thomas hadn’t allowed a goal since Game 6 of last year’s Stanley Cup Final.