BOSTON -- Prior to Game 1, Washington Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman told ESPNBoston.com that he’d love to beat his former Boston Bruins team in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Unfortunately for Wideman -- who was traded to Florida from Boston in June 2010 after a difficult season -- he feels he might have helped Boston beat Washington 1-0 in overtime to give the Bruins a 1-0 series lead.
Wideman pinched deep on a Capitals rush just prior to Chris Kelly’s winner 1:18 into the extra frame and was caught chasing Kelly as the Bruins center entered the zone and ripped a high shot past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. Wideman tried to knock the puck loose from Kelly just before the shot.
“Usually, you get your stick in there and it tips the puck over the glass,” Wideman told CSNWashington.com Friday. “That was one where I got a piece, but not enough and it spun off a little funny.”
Wideman second-guessed himself, wishing he hadn't followed the play up ice before Kelly brought it back the other way.
“If I don’t go so deep, I have Kelly in front of me on that and I’m not chasing,” Wideman said. “But it’s one of those plays where if I don’t put my stick in there and he scores, I’m wondering why I didn’t defend the shot. It’s just one of those plays.”