WASHINGTON – It’s a final here at the Verizon Center. The Bruins have lost to the Capitals, 2-1, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The series is even at two games apiece with Game 5 on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.
“The results weren’t the ones we wanted,” Claude Julien said. “When you shoot 45 shots on net, you would expect your team to get more than one goal. So there’s obviously some areas we’re not happy with.”
Braden Holtby turned back 44 of Boston’s 45 shots. But the Bruins weren’t pleased with their engagement level in front of Holtby.
“There’s a lot of loose pucks that they cleared and we didn’t get to,” said Julien. “The net-front presence has to be better. But also finding those loose pucks. They’re finding them better than we are. There’s probably not a good enough commitment in that area. Until we get that, we’re going to be struggling to score goals.”
9:22 – Washington 2, Boston 1 – Bruins’ center Patrice Bergeron feeds across a pass to Brad Marchand, who takes a shot from beneath the right circle but it goes right into the breadbasket of goalie Braden Holtby.
7:30 – Washington 2, Boston 1 – The Bruins are trying to get something going but haven’t really threatened goaltender Braden Holtby.
18:43 – Washington 2, Boston 1 – The Capitals made the Bruins pay during the power play. Alexander Semin took a pass along the left-wing boards. He curled into the left circle, patiently looked for help but instead, elected to snap a high shot that beat goaltender Tim Thomas to the far side.
17:53 – Boston 1, Washington 1 – Bruins’ center Patrice Bergeron has been whistled off for hooking. The Capitals are going on the power play again.
15:39 – Boston 1, Washington 1 – The Bruins are outshooting the Capitals, 26-17, but it’s still deadlocked.
10:32 – Boston 1, Washington 1 – Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman had a great back-door opening outside the right post but couldn’t cash in.
9:45 – Boston 1, Washington 1 – Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk is heading to the penalty box for hooking. Capitals are going on the power play.
8:23 – Boston 1, Washington 1 – Brooks Laich nearly gave the Capitals their second lead of the game. Laich’s shot from the slot caromed off the stick of Bruins’ defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and rattled off the crossbar.
4:41 – Boston 1, Washington 1 – The Bruins had an opportunistic two-on-one break with Tyler Seguin having a chance from the right circle but goaltender Braden Holtby made a nice save.
1:43 – Boston 1, Washington 1 – Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara has a bid from the left side but goalie Braden Holtby snared it with his glove.
1:16 – Boston 1, Washington 1 – Terrific chance for Brooks Laich, who tested goalie Tim Thomas on a one-timer. But Thomas made the stop.
20:00 – Boston 1, Washington 1 – The Bruins outshot the Capitals, 14-3, in the first 20 minutes.
19:22 – Boston 1, Washington 1 – The Bruins are back at even strength.
17:22 – Boston 1, Washington 1 – Rich Peverley is heading to the penalty box for slashing. Capitals going on the power play.
13:12 – Boston 1, Washington 1 – Rich Peverley has tied it up for the Bruins. The Bruins scored on a three-on-two with Peverley beating goalie Braden Holtby from the right circle.
6:39 – Washington 1, Boston 0 – The Bruins dodged a bullet. Benoit Pouliot whacked defenseman Mike Green with an accidental stick across the face but the officials missed it. No call.
5:30 – Washington 1, Boston 0 – The Bruins have put some shots on net – 6 to Washington’s 1 – but goaltender Braden Holtby has had no problem seeing all of them.
3:57 – Bruins’ forward Tyler Seguin had a bid from the slot but goalie Braden Holtby made a pad save on it.
1:22 – Washington 1, Boston 0 – Forward Marcus Johansson has given the Capitals a 1-0 lead. Brooks Laich, who was skating down the left circle during a two-on-one break, dished the puck across the slot for Johansson, who was in the right circle. Bruins’ veteran forward Brian Rolston tried to break up the pass but couldn’t and Johansson’s shot beat goalie Tim Thomas.
Game 4 is underway here at the Verizon Center. The Bruins can take a commanding 3-1 lead in games with a victory. The Capitals can tie the series at two games apiece heading back to Boston for Saturday’s Game 5.