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Game 6: Bruins at Capitals

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  April 22, 2012 09:59 AM

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WASHINGTON – Good morning from the Verizon Center, where the Bruins, facing elimination, will attempt to force a Game 7. There could be handshakes later today if the Capitals come out on top.

The Bruins could be without Patrice Bergeron (undisclosed) and Joe Corvo (leg). Bergeron took two thumps from Alexander Semin and Alex Ovechkin in Game 5. Bergeron was limited to three third-period shifts. His last one came as a right wing on the third line.

Corvo took a Marcus Johansson shot off the left leg prior to Semin’s game-opening goal. Corvo limped off the ice. Corvo was on the bench for the third period but didn’t take a single shift.

Both Bergeron and Corvo made the trip to Washington. For now, we’ll assume both will be in the lineup.

Puck drop: 3:20 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 2-3, Capitals 3-2

Projected Bruins lineup:

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

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

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

Braden Holtby
Michal Neuvirth

Healthy scratches: Mathieu Perreault, Dmitry Orlov, Jeff Schultz

Storylines: If Bergeron can’t play, Jordan Caron will make his series debut. Chris Kelly would most likely center the No. 2 line between Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley. Brian Rolston would move to center on the third line, while Caron skates as the No. 3 right wing… The Bruins are 3-17 lifetime when they trail a series by a 3-2 margin. They are 9-11 in Game 6’s in such scenarios… All five of the previous games have been decided by one goal. The last time that happened was in 1989 against Montreal… The Bruins have led for only 14:51 of the series. In comparison, the Capitals have been ahead for 68:00. Not the way to win in the playoffs… Paul Devorski and Dan O’Rourke will be the referees. Steve Barton and Greg Devorski will be the linesmen.

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