Caps players Braden Holtby, Brooks Laich, Alex Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer and Jay Beagle address the media after a 1-0 loss against Boston.
4/12/2012 8:42 Mins
The third guy was always high. It doesn’t matter if I have the puck at the blue line and start skating. Two guys was on me and one was in the middle. Again, it's playoffs. That one shot, I should score. He make a hell of a save, but next game it’s going to be different. It's nothing special out there, we just have to stay focused.
I think he played a hell of a game. Most of the time, he kept us in the game and I think he was nervous, but after the first shot you could see he was calm and he was on his roll.
I think it was a great battle. He made some big hits and I made some big hits, so I’m enjoying it actually.
If Braden Holtby will continue to play like this, Caps have a chance. As of overtime goal, Holtby said it's not a very good goal, but even greatest goalies, like Patrick Roy, let such goals in.
According to hockey-reference.com, the last goalie 22 or younger to lose 1-0 game in OT was Marty Brodeur in '94 vs. #Sabres.
Troy Brouwer pretty much summed up everything, "Except of outcome we were pretty happy with our game."
The Dennis Seidenberg hit on Ovi (below) was epic. I don't remember if Ovi was ever hit that hard, really. This is the only time where you would wish Ovi to have his weight back to 234 lbs instead of 224 (according to GMGM). What made the difference was Seidenberg's position, he put a shoulder on Ovi and hit him in the chest. If it would be otherwise, Seidenberg would have no chance.
Total ice time 17:34, 20 shifts, average 00:52, PP 02:40, even 14:54, 1 shot on goal, 1 attempt blocked, 7 hits, 1 giveaway
Ovi had only 1 shot on goal with total of two. This is definitely low. Basically Bruins managed to shut down Ovi ("two guys were on me, one in the middle"), but Ovi will adjust for the next game.
Five times (including tonight) Ovi has been held to one or no shots in the playoffs. The #Caps are 1-4 in those games.
The next game is Saturday, on NBC (and CBC), at 3 p.m. ET.
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference about Great Eight:
“With him, it’s always just about how dangerous he can be,” Ference said. “In a heartbeat he can lay you out with one of the harder hits in the league, or he can [beat] you for a pretty goal. He’s got a great shot. It’s not like he doesn’t have all the tools to be an extremely dangerous player. He just gets so much more attention from everybody’s best defensive forward, best D-man. Nobody really gives him an inch out there.”
Ovechkin took a huge hit from Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg but bounced right up after the collision.
“He’s not one to shy away from anything physical,” Ference said. “But a hit’s a hit. Those hard hits add up. But he’s not going to be one to shy away, that’s for sure. I think he enjoys playing real hockey. Having that physical side of the game is great. That’s what makes the sport really nice.
“Guys respect that. He’s a superstar that’s willing to get his nose dirty. And I think that’s why guys appreciate his game so much.”