Less than 24 hours removed from the first pre-season game against the Hurricanes, the Capitals were in “Beantown” for the second of seven games on the pre-season slate. However, no players who played Monday night were on the roster for the Tuesday night tilt. Caps landed at Logan a little after 4 PM, and returned to DC following the game. The game was not televised by either team, and really, that was a good thing.
Justin Peters got the start in net for the Capitals. The Bruins started Malcolm Subban, brother of P.K. Subban. Lines were the same as morning skate at Kettler: Bourque-Burakovsky-Williams, Carey-Stephenson-Beagle, Elgestal-Latta-Brown, O’Brien-Sill-Mitchell.
The Capitals generated good early pressure in the period, out-shooting the Bruins 6-1 in the first five minutes. Andre Burakovsky got off a couple of nice shots, but to no avail. At the 9:01 mark, the Bruins Hickman was called for slashing for the games first penalty. Nate Schmidt and Justin Williams had decent chances but the Capitals were unable to score on the games first power play. The Bruins picked up the pace in the second half of the first period, increasing the pressure and evening up the SOG’s. Madison Bowey was called for an interference penalty at the 12:54 mark, giving the Bruins their first power play of the game. Chandler Stephenson had a decent chance of a “shorty” but was unable to connect. The Capitals were able to successfully kill the penalty, with 5 minutes remaining in the period. Justin Peters looked sharp in the period making several nice saves. The first period ended scoreless with the Bruins surging in the second half of the period, and taking the lead 12-9 in SOG.
The Bruins continued their late first period push in the early minutes of the second period, but Peters continued to block all that was offered by the Bruins. Peters had made as many saves (14) in 20:15 of work as Holtby did in 33 minutes or so last night. Kevin Elgestal and Michael Latta has the Caps first chance of the period, but Latta was unable to get it past Subban. Tyler Lewington and Bruins Justin Hickman dropped the gloves at the 4:04 mark, both receiving 5 minute penalties. Not many punches landed.
The Capitals went on their second power play at the 14:30 point of the second period. Justin Williams and Jay Beagle had nice chances, but Subban made nice saves on both opportunities. The Capitals failed to convert on the power play. Philip Grubauer took over in net for the Capitals with 10:17 left in the period. Malcolm Subban was also replaced by Zan McIntyre for the Bruins. Peters stopped all 15 shots he faced, and Subban stopped all 17. An action-limited 2nd period came to a close with the score remaining 0-0. Capitals lead SOG 22-19.
Michael Latta wasn’t on the bench last couple mins of the second period. Went to the locker room and didn’t come back. It’s a lower body injury for Michael Latta. He won’t return and will be re-evaluated tomorrow. but did return to the bench for the third period. The third period started with end-to-end flurries, but no real chances until Caps Ryan Stanton was called for tripping at the 7:20 mark. However, the Bruins were quickly called for holding, negating the Bruins power play. The Bruins finally pushed one home with 11:44 to go when David Patranak went glove side on Grubauer.
Nate Schmidt retaliated quickly from the left-point, with 10:25 remaining, knotting the game at 1-1. The score would remain through the end of regulation.
Tonight’s overtime actually decided the game. The Caps went with two forwards, 1 defenseman. John Carlson, Andre Burakovsky and Justin Williams. Bruins won it in 12 seconds.