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2012 NHL Playoffs, Bruins Vs Capitals, Game 5 Game Preview

The Washington Capitals defended their home ice on Thursday night at the Verizon Center, beating the Boston Bruins 2-1 and evening the series at two games apiece. The scene shifts back to Boston this afternoon for a pivotal Game 5 that should give the winner a decided advantage in the series.

Washington's Alexander Semin scored the go-ahead power play goal in the win and Braden Holtby stopped 44 of Boston's shots to help secure the victory.

Boston will look to cut down on the penalties that gave Washington an advantage in Game 4, while also trying to penetrate the Caps defense that's given them so much trouble in this series. Boston scored just one goal in 45 shots on net. That's a problem the Bruins will have to correct rather quickly if they're going to win this series.

Game 5 starts at 3:00 p.m. EST on NBC. Stay tuned for further updates.

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.