Need to Know: Bruins at Capitals

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Need to Know: Bruins at Capitals


“I think we were doing some good things: possession of the puck, three big guys who can really own that thing there and make it tough for the opposing team and the D-men,” Coyle said. “We saw a bit of that. It took a while too, where we’re going to be, our trends together.
“But we’ve talked a lot since then. Still, some things that you think have gone well in the short time we’ve been playing together. I am looking to build on this. “

A little normal

Last summer, when the National Hockey League returned from its COVID-19 hiatus, there was, of course, an increased level of excitement.

But with the playoffs unfolding in the Toronto bubble – in the midst of a raging pandemic – the buzz was hardly the same without the fans, home rinks and everything that normally comes with playoff hockey. .

Almost eight months later, as the pandemic begins to loosen its grip, restrictions loosen, and fans are back in most buildings – albeit at limited capacity – the start of the playoffs looks a lot older. familiar.

“Last year it certainly didn’t look like a normal playoffs, like a normal situation,” said Brad Marchand. “Obviously we were very lucky to be able to play last year given what was going on in the world. But it didn’t look like a playoff in any way, when you’re up there.

“But this year we’re back. This is normal again, for the most part. We can travel and be in hotels for a long time and be in the opposite buildings. It all adds to the playoff atmosphere. , being in the arenas of the opposing team.

“They’re all starting to fill up more and more, which is great. You need that playoff atmosphere. That’s part of the home rink advantage… that makes it so exciting. The fans love to be there. We feed off the atmosphere and the momentum. balance because of it.

“It’s great to be able to walk into an opposing team’s building and start the playoffs here. “

Marchand will dress for his 122nd career playoff game Saturday night, about 10 years after his first experience of the playoffs in the 2011 Stanley Cup race in Boston.

“It’s always an exciting and nervous time. I was excited to wake up this morning, Marchand said. “Very excited. Almost dizzy… having the opportunity to play again. We’ve been waiting for this all year… I think we’re just excited for this moment. “

Opposite view

Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said TJ Oshie (lower body) was a game time decision. He did not name his game opener starter in goal, although the Washington Post reported that Vitek Vanecek was the first goaltender out of the ice in the morning skate.

For the first time since 2006, Capitals defenseman Zdeno Chara will play a playoff game for a team other than the Boston Bruins. But the former B captain has said he hardly sees this series as a type of revenge tour.

“No, it’s all about the team. It’s nothing personal. That’s just the way it worked, ”said Chara, who has played 195 playoff games – 150 with the Bruins – to his name. “It’s playoff hockey. Teams that are in the playoffs have fought hard throughout the season to make it to the playoffs. Clashes are clashes. It is an exciting time of the year. We all fought to make it to the playoffs. Now is the time. “

In numbers

  • Patrice Bergeron will tie Chara for second in the team’s playoff standings with his 150th playoff game.
  • David Krejci will be in exclusive possession of fourth place on this list with his 146th playoff game (currently tied with Wayne Cashman at 145).
  • Mike Reilly will be ready for his first Stanley Cup playoff game tonight.
  • Marchand is five points off his 100th point in the NHL playoffs.
  • Boston is in the playoffs for the fifth straight season and 74th all-time in history. Their 74 playoff spots are second in NHL history after the Montreal 85.

Scheduled Saturday programming

BRUINS DE BOSTON

BEFORE

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David pastrnak

Taylor Hall – David Krejci – Craig Smith

Nick RitchieSean KuralyCharlie Coyle

Jake DeBruskCurtis LazarChris Wagner

DEFENSEMEN

Matt GrzelcykCharlie McAvoy

Mike Reilly – Brandon Carlo

Jeremy LauzonKevan Miller

GOALS

Tuukka Rask

Jeremy Swayman

WASHINGTON CAPITAL

BEFORE

Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – Anthony Mantha

Conor Sheary – Lars Eller – Michael Raffl

Daniel Sprong – TJ Oshie – Tom Wilson

Carl Hagelin – Nic Dowd – Grenat Hathaway

DEFENSEMEN

Dmitry Orlov – John Carlson

Brenden Dillon – Justin Schultz

Zdeno Chara – Nick Jensen

GOALS

Vitek Vanecek

Craig Anderson



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