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Game 5: Capitals at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  April 21, 2012 12:28 PM

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Good afternoon from TD Garden, where the Bruins will try to claim a 3-2 series lead over the Capitals.

The Bruins introduced changes to all four lines in practice yesterday. Like the Capitals, the Bruins have scored only seven goals in four games. They are desperate for some offense.

Puck drop: 3 p.m.

TV/radio info: NBC,98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Capitals 2-2, Bruins 2-2

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Brian Rolston
Daniel Paille-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Greg Zanon-Joe Corvo

Tim Thomas
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Jordan Caron, Mike Mottau

Projected Capitals lineup (courtesy of the Washington Post):

Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-Brooks Laich
Marcus Johansson-Keith Aucoin-Alexander Semin
Matt Hendricks-Jay Beagle-Mike Knuble
Jason Chimera-Mathieu Perreault-Troy Brouwer

Karl Alzner-John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik-Mike Green
John Erskine-Dennis Wideman

Braden Holtby
Michal Neuvirth

Healthy scratches: Dmitry Orlov, Jeff Schultz

Storylines: According to the Washington Post, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom could be reunited today. They have not played together in the playoffs. Backstrom has been Ovechkin’s most regular centerman … The Bruins are 0 for 12 on the power play. One wrinkle they’ve yet to try: Zdeno Chara down low. They tried that move in last year’s postseason. They are unlikely to do so this year because Chara never played the net-front position during the regular season … Adam McQuaid (eye/head) will miss his fifth straight game. McQuaid will not play in Game 6 either … Tim Peel and Steve Kozari will be the referees. Shane Heyer and Lonnie Cameron will be the linesmen.

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