Zdeno Chara's slap shot with 1:53 left in regulation beat Braden Holtby and lifted the Bruins to a thrilling 4-3 win over the Capitals in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at the Verizon Center Monday night. The Bruins lead the series, 2-1, with Game 4 Thursday night in Washington before the series shifts back to Boston for Game 5 in Boston.
A fairly mild series in the first two games, the Bruins and Captials joined the Flyers and Penguins and the Rangers and Senators in turning up the intensity with on-ice brawls. It was an on-ice confrontation between Milan Lucic and Washington's Matt Hendricks and Karl Alzner that led to a 4-on-4 situation when Chara took a pass from Dennis Seidenberg and fired the game-winning goal, which deflected off the stick of Roman Hamrlik.
The Bruins fell behind when Alexander Semin fired a shot from the high slot that made its way through a screen and past Tim Thomas for a power play goal with four minutes left in the first.
The Bruins answered just 35 seconds into the second when Rich Peverley flipped a wrist shot from the left point that Braden Holtby gloved but could not control. The puck fell behind him and made its way into the net. But the tie was shortlived as 13 seconds later, Alex Ovechkin jumped on a bouncing puck down the right wing and fired a slap shot that went off the stick of Dennis Seidenberg and past Thomas to put the Capitals up, 2-1.
But the Bruins finally got the "dirty" goal that Claude Julien was looking for midway through the second. Greg Zanon fired a shot from the left point toward the front of the crease. Daniel Paille was camped in front of Holtby, got control of the puck and flipped a backhander into the open net at 9:38 of the second. With 2:23 left in the second, Thomas made a spectacular save on a Jay Beagle, who came down the slot and had a point blank chance
The Bruins finally got their first regulation lead in the series when Brian Rolston camped out in front of Holtby and took a rebound off a shot from Chris Kelly and shoved it into the Capitals net just 62 seconds into the third period. The Bruins appeared to headed for a 3-2 win when they killed off a Capitals power play with nine minutes left.
But with six minutes left, Nicklas Backstrom found Brooks Laich behind the Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara, sending Laich in for a breakaway. He didn't miss and tied the game on a backhander.
We discuss the improbable win over the Browns and the loss of Rob Gronkowski with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday.
Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.
Kyle Arrington talks with Mut and Merloni about his recovery of the pivotal onside kick in Sunday’s game against the Browns. Kyle also talks about the impact of the injury to star tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Ed from Weymouth called the show to defend Shawn Thornton and his actions Saturday night against Brooks Orpik. Dino was angry that he never allowed another person to speak.
Adam Schefter joined the show and said that the loss of Rob Gronkowski makes the Pats offense far less formidable. He added that the Redskins organization is toxic right now.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. He discussed the new love between Evelyn Lozada and former Red Sox player Carl Crawford.
Pierre checks in with Mut and Lou after a tough weekend for officials in the NHL. The worst incident was the cheap shot by Bruins’ enforcer Shawn Thornton on Penguins’ defenseman Brook Orpik. Pierre explains how many games he thinks Thornton should be suspended for in the aftermath of Saturday’s action.
We discuss the Penguins-Bruins game, the scraps and cheap-shots in it, and how Sean Thornton is remorseful, but not all Bruins fans think he has to be.
We tackle four topics at 4PM, today all centered around dirty hits.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.More from this show