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Tim Thomas will get the start in goal from Claude Julien, just as he has for every postseason game for the Bruins over the last two years. Thomas, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy last year as playoff MVP, carries a 2.18 GAA, .922 save percentage, and one shutout this postseason in to the game. Outside the crease, the Bruins will be without forwards Nathan Horton and Marc Savard, both of whom are ruled out for the entire postseason with concussions. Center Patrice Bergeron (upper body), defenseman Joe Corvo (knee) and defenseman Adam McQuaid (face/head) are all questionable, but Bergeron will probably play, albeit in a limited capacity.
Dale Hunter will continue to roll with rookie Braden Holtby in goal. Holtby has been a star in these playoffs so far, compiling a 2.17 GAA and .935 save percentage in the six games and winning at least one game for his team. Outside the crease, the Capitals do not have any injuries. Based on the lines during practice on Tuesday, it looks as though the forward corps will remain the same, with Mathieu Perreault, Mattias Sjogren, and Jeff Halpern sitting out. Jeff Schultz also seems likely to return to the lineup in favor of John Erskine, but Dmitry Orlov could also play for Dennis Wideman, who has struggled recently, with Erskine.
Puck drops 7:45-ish. As always, follow me on Twitter here for news and updates.