We finally made it. It’s Christmas Day of the hockey season; The Stanley Cup Playoffs started Saturday night with the Boston Bruins taking on the Washington Capitals.
The path to Lord Stanley’s cup is a wild one and a path Boston is no stranger to, after making the cup final just two years ago in 2019. This long, strenuous, emotional roller coaster is on our way so let’s all buckle in and enjoy this ride.
Game one of the series did not disappoint. Washington scored the first goal when the wannabe MMA fighter Tom Wilson got a strong feed from T.J. Oshie. Jake Debrusk scored the equalizer goal off a pass from the face off. The goal ended up injuring the breakout star goalie for Washington Vitek Vanecek, 40 year old Craig Anderson replaced him.
Washington regained their lead with a goal from Brenden Dillon, Mantha and Ovechkin picking up the assists. Boston’s power play unit struck gold the third time it saw the ice with a goal from Nick Ritchie to tie up the score 2-2 at the end of the second period.
A sweaty and intense stalemate took place in the third period seeing no pucks find the back of the net. We were going to a 5-on-5 continuous overtime in just game one!
Nic Dowd was the overtime hero for the Caps finding the back of the net within five minutes of overtime. Washington takes game one 3-2
The Bruins offense was sluggish only seeing 26 shots on net the entire game, 22 of those shots were on a 40 year old Craig Anderson and a power play goal is the only one Anderson didn’t save.
Game two of the series is on Monday. Vegas has the Bruins as a -122 favorite for game two, with the game one lost they are now a +136 underdog for the series, and +1300 for the Bruins to win the cup (a bet that I have placed because it’s gonna happen).