Tonight, the (7) Washington Capitals face the (2) Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Caps took the season series 3-1. The last time, they (especially Matt Hendricks) made Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (Capitals Insider, The Post) look really bad in the shootout. Of course, that isn’t in play in the postseason, nothing but overtime until sudden death.
The Bruins are the defending Stanley Cup champion, their first since Bobby Orr was around. Here are my keys to the series:
- The Caps ought to bring out the throwblacks — For home games, switch to the black jerseys with the Capital dome to agitate Thomas. He’s not really big on the federal government and in particular…
- Get President Obama to attend the Verizon Center games — Half of the Caps fans are thinking the same thing on this one. That might rattle Timmy a bit, right?
Oh a serious ideas? Um, second line scoring would be nice. Alex Ovechkin vs. Zdeno Chára (6′ 9″) is the main event of the series. Nobody challenges Ovechkin more than him and he will have a tough time meeting his historical playoff scoring rate. Now, if Nicklas Bäckström is on the second line and able to make some things happen, the Caps have a better shot.
Having only one healthy goalie, Braden Holtby (The Post), a third-stringer doesn’t exactly inspire confidence either.
Honestly, I can’t predict the Caps to win a playoff series, they lose in the first round too often. At least if they get to raise a banner next Opening Night, they’ll have to have won the conference because they lost the division to the Florida Panthers — a sun belt team winning their division with fewer wins than the runner up, but more points virtue of overtime losses (Gary Bettman’s dream?).
Bruins in six
Also, DC Sports Bog had some great stuff about Caps TV color commentator Craig Laughlin stuff the other week: