Bruins Vs. Capitals, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 1: Braden Holtby Keeps Washington In Scoreless Draw

After two periods at TD Garden, the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins are still locked in a scoreless draw. The Caps have been badly out-shot by the B's, but Braden Holtby has been impressive in his 2012 playoff debut. He's stopped all 26 shots so far, while Washington has only managed to put seven shots on Tim Thomas.

Along with Holtby, the Caps penalty kill has saved them through the first 40 minutes, killing off three separate power plays during the second period. Washington wiped out two and a half minutes of a remaining high-sticking penalty at the start of the period. They also killed off a delay-of-game penalty on Troy Brouwer shortly after that. Holtby was then whistled for a rare roughing call, as he went high with his stick on a hard-charging Chris Kelly which sent Marcus Johansson to the box to serve his time and gave Boston a four-on-three advantage.

The hard hitting and rough play continued in the second period. John Carlson and David Krecji had a go but the action was highlighted by a big collision between Alex Ovechkin and Dennis Seidenberg. Ovie just got the better of it, an animated gif below:

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We'll have plenty more on these games and the rest of the 2012 NHL Playoffs on SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. For more news, analysis, and discussion on Capitals hockey, please head over to Japers' Rink. For the opponent's perspective all series, check out Stanley Cup of Chowder. You can also head over to the SB Nation NHL hub page for more on hockey news as the playoffs begin.

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