Bruins Daily will be taking a trip down memory lane and highlighting the top 10 Bruins games of the 2011-2012 season.
Today, we take a look at No. 2: April 12, 2012 Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins
Bruins fans could not wait for game one of the 2012 NHL playoffs. The Bruins and fans were ready for another Cup’ run and the team got off to a 1-0 series lead. The Capitals were not the ideal matchup for the Bruins, but a late surge by the Caps had them as the seven seed leaving the B’s with no choice.
As Chris Kelly was the hero in this one scoring a game-winning overtime goal, he also had a new piece of jewelry that he wore during his post-game presser- a dog chain- which symbolized that there was no weak link on the team.
Both teams were held scoreless throughout 60 minutes of regulation as both goalies held their own in front of a sell-out crowd at the TD Garden.
Braden Holtby was very composed in his first NHL playoff start saving 29 of 30 shots. Tim Thomas saved all 17 shots he faced and it looked like he would go on another playoff run like he did in 2011.
Alexander Ovechkin was shut down by Zdeno Chara (no surprise there). The real story was Chris Kelly continuing his surge as a great role player for the Bruins scoring 1:18 into overtime giving the defending champions a 1-0 victory in the first-round of the playoffs.
Capitals Goal Scorers: None
Bruins Goal Scorers: Chris Kelly
Game Notes: Thomas recorded his sixth career playoff shutout. Braden Holtby started in his first career playoff game for the Capitals.