The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins went into overtime after three scoreless periods, dominated by solid goaltending and defense. But it only took 1:18 in the extra session to resolve this one, as Chris Kelly beat Braden Holtby on a slap shot from the left wing.
It started off a pad save on the other end by Tim Thomas on a Marcus Johansson shot, setting up a transition break the over way. After a quick clear, Benoit Pouliot controlled the puck at center ice and passed it off to Kelly, who was streaking down the left side. Kelly then put a slap shot past Holtby's left shoulder that found the corner of the net. Video of the shot below:
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Despite the overtime loss, Holtby had an impressive debut, stopping the first 29 shots the Bruins sent at him. It was a tough loss, but the Caps immediately jumped on the ice and met Holtby as he skated to the bench, keeping his chin up after the solid effort. They will now look to even the series in Boston on Saturday afternoon.
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