Capitals, Bruins looking for more goals

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 11, 2012
Offense was the overriding theme at practice Friday, a day after the Bruins outlasted the Washington Capitals, 1-0, in Game 1 of their first round, Eastern Conference series. Surprise, surprise. After all, both goaltenders - Boston's Tim Thomas and Washington's Braden Holtby - stood out in the opener, and the teams combined for 37 blocked shots, as well. It was a defensive standoff, for sure, until Chris Kelly's goal in overtime gave Boston its third straight playoff win, dating back to last year's Stanley Cup Finals. But even the victors saw room for improvement. ''You're going to hear the losing team say 'whether we lose in overtime, or 10 to nothing, it's still a loss.' So we say the same thing about a win,'' Bruins coach Claude Julien said. ''A win's a win. I thought we did a pretty good job defensively, didn't give them a ton of scoring chances.'' Game 2 is Saturday. ''Obviously, we'd like to maybe be a little bit better offensively and create a little bit more, which I thought we did early in the game,'' Julien said. ''But I thought it kind of faded away so that's the area that we hope to maybe improve a little bit more on and that will maybe be the offensive part - the goal scoring and being able to finish on our chances.'' Part of the Bruins' defensive plan was to limit Washington forward Alex Ovechkin's chances. And so far, so good. Ovechkin was held to just one shot while mostly matched up against the Bruins' top defensive pair of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, and the forward line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin. The Capitals, of course, could use more production from Ovechkin, but also know they have to support him better. ''There's things we can do,'' said Brooks Laich, who centers a line with Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer. ''We know that he's going to be keyed on, especially (by) Chara. He's going to try to come across the ice a lot and pinch Alex. We can try to talk to him, we can try and get our bodies in the way. But when we get the puck, we have to skate.'' Washington coach Dale Hunter could juggle his lines, too, if needed. However, Hunter sounds like he's confident his superstar can win the battles in Game 2. ''Even strength, it was an even battle both ways through the whole thing,'' Hunter said. ''Until an overtime goal, it was pretty much even at even strength. Power-play time, they did have some more scoring chances because they had more power-play time. ''But as far as even strength, it was pretty even out there.'' The Bruins could've taken a major hit had center David Krejci been injured by a falling pane of glass during the celebration after Game 1. Although Krejci didn't practice Friday, he said he was just sore. Julien expects Krejci to play Saturday. Having his full stable of forwards at his disposal will make it easier for Julien to make the necessary tweaks before Game 2. ''Now it's up to us to make sure we get better as a team as the series goes along. Both teams are going to make adjustments,'' Julien said. `When you look at the game tape, you see things you want to exploit from the other team. ''So, we have to be ready for their adjustments and hopefully we'll make adjustments that will make us better as well.'' The series shifts to Washington for Game 3 on Monday.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Fairley expected to miss 2017 season due to heart condition

Cousins could get more than $30 million per year in free agency?

Miguel Tejada's home burglarized, suspect arrested

Report: Nationals players privately grumbling about bullpen woes

Dwight Howard responds to those who think he's washed up

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Red Sox interested in Sonny Gray

Jermichael Finley opens up about lasting effects of injury

Lionel Messi has allegedly hid tens of millions of euros through his own charity

John McEnroe: Serena Williams would be No. 700 on men's tour

Report: Celtics could target Rudy Gay as backup plan

Ex-NFL RB Ahman Green arrested on suspicion of child abuse

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Disappearing Act Award for player who came up small

Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Disappearing Act Award for player who came up small

Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker