In the Stanley Cup playoffs, the formula is simple, pucks and bodies to the net. That formula worked for the Boston Bruins Monday night.
Trailing the Washington Capitals 1-0 in their best-of-seven first-round series, the Bruins were able to even the series 1-1 with a 4-3 overtime win at Capital One Arena.
How did they even the series? Pucks and bodies to the net. Simple postseason formula.
Saturday night in Game 1, the Capitals jumped out to an early lead. Monday, it was the Bruins’ turn.
Jake DeBrusk opened the scoring by winning a stick battle in front of the Caps net and getting a stick on the puck to push it into an empty net for a 1-0.
After the Capitals tied the game, Bruns captain Patrice Bergeron regained the lead for the Black and Gold. It started with a nice play by David Pastrnak at the Washington blue line, before setting up Bergeron who buried a shot under the crossbar with a wicked wrist shot.
The next two goals belonged to the Capitals for a 3-2 lead in the final period before Taylor Hall tied the game with just under three minutes left. He was able to stuff a loose puck in the crease by Craig Anderson to tie the game and eventually send it to overtime.
After being shut out in the first game, the Bruins top-line came alive in Game 2 and it was Brad Marchand who evened the series in OT. David Krejci stopped a clearing attempt at the Capitals blue line, sent a cross-ice pass to Matt Grzelcyk, who sent a pass back the other way for a one-timed slap shot from Marchand for the game-winner. Series tied.
Pucks and bodies to the net and because the Bruins did that, we head back to Boston all even.
Game 3 is Wednesday night at 6:30 at the TD Garden. A best-of-seven series is now down to a best-of-five series.