The Boston Bruins first round series against the Washington Capitals certainly didn’t get off to a great start.
The B’s looked outmatched by the Capitals physical gameplan, and missed out on an opportunity to steal the game when they let up a goal about five minutes into overtime. And yet four games later, the Bruins find themselves moving onto the second round, while the Capitals are stuck making plans for their summer vacation.
With the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders series still going, the Bruins have given themselves some time to rest and recover before embarking on their next series. The Bruins defense in particular is banged up, with Jeremy Lauzon and Kevan Miller both suffering injuries that forced them out of action. Getting these guys healthy could prove vital to progressing past the second round.
Either way, it was a great turnaround from the B’s after a slow start to the series, and they could find themselves heading on a deep playoff run as a result. There was a lot we learned about this team during this series, so let’s look at the three biggest takeaways from the Bruins first round victory over the Washington Capitals.