BOSTON | When the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins played scoreless hockey for 60 minutes in Game 1, there was a sense that it was playoff hockey. Tight-checking, not a lot of opportunities.
Then came Game 2 of the Penguins-Flyers series in Pittsburgh, won 8-5 by the Flyers on Friday night.
“It’s kind of surprising to see games that are 8-5 and stuff like that,” Caps defenseman Karl Alzner said. “You don’t really think of high-scoring games in playoffs.”
Fun to watch, though, and probably one of the best games in this playoff season’s infancy.
“I watched it from start to finish,” right wing Troy Brouwer said. “If you didn’t like hockey before, you should now.”
After the Caps were shut out Thursday night, Brouwer said he has watched other games and how goals are being scored.
“A lot of them are quick point shots and lots of traffic in front of the net, lots of tips and that goes with people being in front of the net as well. Not too often are you going to find many pretty goals,” Brouwer said. “[Sidney] Crosby’s goal last night was an exception. Again, he’s going to the net and that’s how most of the goals are going to be scored in the playoffs.”
The Flyers and Penguins traded goals within a span of six seconds and then 17 seconds. Pittsburgh blew an early two-goal lead and then the two teams played back-and-forth hockey until the Flyers pulled away very late.
That seems like more fun playoff hockey.
“It is if you’re on the winning end,” Brouwer said. “If you’re on the losing end, it’s very emotionally draining game, so it’s tough to regroup after you have such a good start and end up finishing the game like that.”