Audiences have witnessed the Boston Bruins’ capability to win a close, low-scoring game — especially in the playoffs — and they ended up seeing it yet again in a 1-0 Game 1 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals.
Though both teams played cautious hockey at times while matching each other up, the true uncertainty came from the Caps camp entering the contest thanks to shaky defense and unexperienced goaltending.
Braden Holtby played a solid game while facing 30 shots on net, his only mistake coming in sudden death. He did his part in answering questions surrounding the Capitals’ goaltending situation and did a good job of holding the score so low. But while goaltending and, for the most part, the offense (when able to break through) did well against the Cup champs, the defense did not instill as much confidence — aside from a shutdown pairing of Karl Alzner and John Carlson.