BOSTON | Dale Hunter and the Washington Capitals were pleased with their performance in Game 1, despite an overtime loss to the Boston Bruins.
So it wasn’t all too surprising that the lines stayed the same for Friday’s off-day practice at TD Garden. Hunter cited an even game five-on-five.
“You can mix around lines, but pretty much even strength it was an even level both ways,” the Caps’ coach said. “Until their overtime goal, it was pretty much even at even strength. Power-play time they did have some more scoring chances than us because they had more power-play time. As far as even strength it was pretty even out there.”
Primarily, Alex Ovechkin was still with Brooks Laich and Troy Brouwer, and Nicklas Backstrom was still centering Jason Chimera and Alexander Semin.
It looks like the fourth line won’t be tweaked for Saturday afternoon’s game, either, despite the possibility that Mike Knuble could get into the lineup. It appears as if the trio of Keith Aucoin, Mathieu Perreault and Joel Ward will stay together.
Jay Beagle, who admitted to being a little “under the weather” Thursday, took part and looked to be going just about 100 percent.
The only two goaltenders on the ice were Game 1 star Braden Holtby and journeyman Dany Sabourin. Michal Neuvirth was watching from the bench at first, but stepped on later to do some with with Olie Kolzig.
Here’s a look at the full lines:
Alex Ovechkin - Brooks Laich - Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera - Nicklas Backstrom - Alexander Semin
Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Marcus Johansson
Keith Aucoin - Mathieu Perreault - Joel Ward
Cody Eakin - Jeff Halpern - Mike Knuble - Mattias Sjogren