I'm not an expert on Donald Brashear or the Washington Capitals coaching staff, but after watching this game I came to the conclusion that the Capitals coaching staff do not hold their players accountable for their mistakes. I also came to the conclusion that Donald Brashear, alhough extremely tough, is extremely undisciplined.
The Bruins defense played great in game 68. The defense did a great job of preventing shots and Alex Auld did a great job in net. The offense was another story. Especially in the first period, our offense had trouble putting quality shots on Christobal Huet.
The game starting off with a couple bangs. Five seconds in, Milan Lucic and Matt Bradley squared off. Lucic pummeled Bradley in an extremely one sided fight. Ten seconds later, Shawn Thornton and Donald Brashear dropped the gloves. Brashear probably got in a few more punches but I'd call it a draw. It was a long fight and one Thornton should be proud of. It seemed the Bruins wanted to beat up the Capitals in front of the Garden croud as retribution for the humiliation that occured a week earlier in DC. Even with the two good fights, it was Washington that scored first.
It was still 1-0 Caps in the third, and the Bruins looked beat. The Capitals had momentum and it didn't look like the Bruins were going to score anytime soon. That's when Donald Brashear made me thank God that he wasn't a Bruin. With a little more than 6 minutes left in the game, Donald Brashear high sticked David Krejci. Krejci started bleeding and Brashear was given a double minor. Shane Hnidy went over to have a word with Brashear and Brashear just punched him in the face, earning him another two minutes. Donald Brashear got three two-minute minors. Another Caps hooking penalty (like I said before, no discipline or accountability) gave the Bruins a five-on-three. Zdeno Chara was able to easily tie the game. Three minutes later, with Tom Poti in the box (and Brashear still in the box), a beautiful pass from Krejci across the crease to Sturm gave Sturm an easy goal and gave the Bruins the lead. The Bruins easily hung on for the win.
How lucky are we? Two five-on-three goals in the third period. I would like to thank Donald Brashear and the Capitals coaching staff for this win. I don't even care if Capitals fans don't think we deserved this win. A win is a win.