While the Washington Capitals’ core group of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Laich, Alexander Semin and Mike Green have been through a few Game 7s in recent years, Troy Brouwer has an interesting perspective going into Wednesday’s winner-take-all matchup with the Boston Bruins.
Brouwer faced a Game 7 in the first round last year with the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, yet it was at the Vancouver Canucks. So the big right wing knows a little about how both teams might be approaching this Game 7.
Asked about the confidence of being defending champs going into such a situation the next year, Brouwer pointed out that things are a little different this time around for the Bruins than they were for the 2010-11 Blackhawks.
“Well, we had also rattled off three straight wins coming down from 3-0 so our confidence was at an all-time high,” Brouwer said.
Brouwer turned the focus back to what the Caps needed to do going into TD Garden; essentially what Jeff Schultz called a “safe, simple road game.
“We have to limit a few things that we have been doing – turnovers is the big one – and just make sure that we’re playing that patient game and that good sound structured game that we have all series long,” Brouwer said.
Going back to Blackhawks-Canucks from a season ago, it’s different now because the Caps and Bruins have traded the past couple wins.
“There are a lot of similarities, but right now it’s a battle of a series,” Brouwer said. “Neither team really has a ton of momentum going into this game, especially with two days off.”
So with that said, everyone expects TD Garden’s atmosphere to be electric. The key?
“We know it’s going to be tough to go in there and play, but we’ve had some good success there and that’s because we’ve been playing patient,” Brouwer said.
For what it’s worth, Vancouver needed overtime to beat Chicago and avoid becoming just the fourth team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to blow a 3-0 series lead.