Heading into Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead is exactly where the Boston Bruins want to be. While a 3-0 series lead is nice, the loss helps keep the team from getting overconfident-something that can seriously derail a team in the playoffs.
The pressure is now on the Capitals who are in a must-win situation. If the Bruins were to take a 3-1 series lead at the end of the contest, the concept of "backs against the wall" would be an understatement for the Capitals.
Hockey fans can certainly look forward to a very aggressive game, as tension will be high on both sides. Fans will be glued to their seat all three periods.
The Boston Bruins will take on the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center located in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Boston comes into Game 4 of the first round finishing the season with a 49-29-4 record. They were 25-15-1 on the road ice during the regular season.
Washington enters Game 4 of the first round finishing the season with a 42-32-8 record. They were 26-11-4 on their home ice during the regular season.
The playoff series:
The playoff series is currently stands at 2-1 in favor of the Bruins.
Where to watch:
The game can be watched live nationwide on NBCS or CBC.
The playoff statistic leaders:
Boston: Tim Thomas- 1.47 GAA, Zdeno Chara/Chris Kelly/Brian Rolston/Benoit Pouliot/Daniel Paille/Rich Peverley- 1 goal, Zdeno Chara/Chris Kelly/Brian Rolston- 2 assists, Zdeno Chara/Chris Kelly/Brian Rolston- 3 points.
Washington: Braden Holtby- 1.77 GAA, Brooks Laich/Alex Ovechkin/Nicklas Backstrom/Troy Brouwer/Alexander Semin- 1 goal, Brooks Laich/Alex Ovechkin- 2 assists, Brooks Laich/Alex Ovechkin- 3 points.
Injuries to note:
Boston: Nathan Horton (concussion), Adam McQuaid (head), Tuukka Rask (abdominal/groin), Marc Savard (concussion).
Washington: Tomas Vokoun (groin), Michal Neuvirth (lower body), Tom Poti (groin).
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