|A golden opportunity awaits the Caps in this one.|
Tim Thomas is expected to get the call in goal from Claude Julien, just as he has in every playoff game for the Bruins in the last two years. Thomas, the winner of last year's Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, has looked more mortal recently, as he allowed four goals on 32 shots in Saturday's game. Nevertheless, he has a 2.05 GAA, .933 save percentage, and one shutout in these playoffs. Outside the crease, the Bruins will be without forwards Nathan Horton and Marc Savard, who are out with concussions and will not play at all this postseason. Center Patrice Bergeron, who took a pair of questionable hits in Saturday's game, is questionable, as is defenseman Adam McQuaid (head/face).
Dale Hunter will continue to roll with Braden Holtby in goal after the rookie came up with another big performance yesterday afternoon, stopping 33 of 36 shots. Holtby has posted a 1.86 GAA and .946 save percentage in these playoffs, his first at the NHL level. The Capitals do not have any injuries on their roster, but look for Dale Hunter to keep the same lineup for this game that won game five; that means Mathieu Perreault, Mattias Sjogren, Jeff Halpern, Jeff Schultz, and Dmitry Orlov will be the healthy scratches once more.
Puck drops 3:20-ish. As always, follow me on Twitter here for news and updates.