NHL Playoffs 2012: New York Rangers Testing Holtby Better Than the Bruins

May 4th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
Goaltender Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals will enter Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the same basic situation that they were in at this point in the quarterfinals. After three competitive games, they trail the series, 2-1.

At this point in the first round versus the Boston Bruins, the unripe goaltender had played 203:13 minutes and allowed six goals on 103 shots. So far against the New York Rangers, he has played 232:09 minutes, authorizing seven goals on 91 shots in that span.

Besides making a little more out of a little less within a slightly longer span of game action, inflated chiefly by triple-overtime in Game 3, there is one fundamental difference that points to the Blueshirts turning Cinderella’s clock to midnight within the next week.

Through the first three games of the opening round, the Bruins reaped two points out of Holtby from their top six. Rich Peverley had a goal and Patrice Bergeron an assist on separate plays in Boston’s 4-3 Game 3 victory.

Through three games in the second round, five of the Rangers’ top six have combined for a 5-8-13 scoring log. Marian Gaborik and Brad Rich ...

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