Bruins Daily will be taking a trip down memory lane and highlighting the top 10 Boston Bruins games of the 2011-12 season.
Today, we reflect back at No. 1: April 22, 2012 Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins
The Bruins had their backs against the wall down 3-2 heading back to Washington for a must win Game 6.
Tyler Seguin had been non-existent and Tim Thomas had been struggling as of late, but these two men came up huge for the Bruins in the biggest game of the 2012 season beating the Capitals in overtime 4-3 on a goal from Seguin.
Boston never trailed in this game as Rich Peverly got the Bruins on the board in the first period beating Braden Holtby. The Capitals did not cave as Mike Green evened the score at one. The Bruins responded toward the end of period on a power-play goal by David Krejci giving the B’s a much needed lead into the first intermission.
The Capitals trailed until Jason Chimera lit the lamp to tie the game at two leaving Bruins fans at the edge of their seats with no room for error already trailing in the series 3-2. Yet again, Andrew Ference put the Bruins ahead one more time with a goal, but shortly after Alexander Ovechkin evened the score at three. The teams would skate to overtime which seemed at the time not good for the black and gold.
The Bruins were one goal away from golf season or one goal away from taking things back to Boston for a game seven. Seguin did not want to work on his golf game anytime soon as he scored 3:17 into overtime — faking Holtby out of his pads and lifting the Bruins to a 4-3 victory in Washington.
Although Seguin scored the winning goal, Tim Thomas stood on his head for 63 minutes saving 36 of 39 shots. The Bruins had everything going their way heading back to Boston for a game seven, but yeah, you know the rest.
Capitals Goal Scorers: Mike Green, Jason Chimera, Alexander Ovechkin
Bruins Goal Scorers: Rich Peverley, David Krejci, Andrew Ference, Tyler Seguin
Game Notes: Joe Corvo was scratched. This was the third time the teams have met in the postseason. Each team had won eight games. Capitals Alexander Semin was held without a goal for the first time in four games.