Brendan Shanahan

Tight Caps-Bruins matchup turning into a hit

Game 4



Thursday, 7:30p.m.

TV: Comcast SportsNet

WIt was Brooks Laich who pointed out late Monday night that one never knows when a Stanley Cup playoff series will turn chippy — or worse — but that it is almost inevitable.

"Sometimes it happens right away in the first game, sometimes it takes two or three games," he said in the quiet of a losing locker room. "Things start to happen. They're trying to get you off your game, you're trying to get them off theirs."

The Washington Capitals forward smiled briefly.

"There's a lot of verbal jousting going on out there."

The verbal...