The Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Saturday Night night at TD Garden. The win raised the Capitals record to 48-13-4 (100 points). The loss dropped the Bruins record to 33-23-7 (79 points). The Capitals are now off to Anaheim to take on the Ducks on Monday night. Puck-drop is 10:00 PM EST.
Philipp Grubauer got the start in net for the Caps tonight. Mike Weber, Stanislav Galiev and Michael Latta were the healthy scratches. John Carlson missed the game due to injury.
The Capitals slow starts continued, giving up the game’s first goal. This makes ten of the last twelve games in which the Caps yielded the games first goal. However, the Caps level of play in the first period was decent, with several scoring chances, and out-shooting the Bruins 9-5 through the first period. The Capitals fourth line continues to look strong, dominating play on occasion. The Caps would tie it in the second period, but would have to endure numerous penalties to do so. Matt Niskanen would end it in 3-on-3 overtime. Team stats for the game ca be found here: layer stats for the game ca be found here: Faceoff stats for the game can be found here: All of the game photos can be found here:
The Capitals held a slight advantage in offensive zone time during early 5-on-5 play, but the Bruins turned it up a notch about five minutes in, ultimately scoring the game’s first goal at 7:11. The Bruins picked Nicklas Backstrom in the defensive zone and Patrice Bergeron received a nice net-front pass for the easy score.
Tom Wilson and Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves at 16:40.
The first period would end with the Bruins leading 1-0. The Capitals led in shots on goal, 9-5. The Bruins out-hit the Caps 15-6.
The Bruins were called for the game’s first penalty at 0:53 of the second period when Posternock was called for boarding Brooks Orpik. The Caps had significant offensive zone time but very little in the way of scoring chances. The Bruins would stretch the lead to 2-0 just after the power play expired. Torey Krug would provide the finisher at 3:17 of the middle frame. However, the Caps called for a coaches challenge, and the play was deemed off-sides and no goal.
Alex Ovechkin was called for a 5:00 minute major for boarding Kevan Miller at 5:36 of the middle fame. The Bruins Brad Marchand was called for a 2:00 minute retaliatory penalty to reduce the overall man-advantage to three minutes for the Bruins. Tom Wilson was called for an additional penalty during the Bruins man-advantage, giving the Bruins a 5-on-3 for 1:40. Philipp Grubauer and the Caps PK would come up big and shutout the Bruins extensive power play time.
Karl Alzner would tie the game on a nice feed from Alex Ovchkin and Ncklas Backstrom at 13:08 of the middle frame.
The Caps would be called for too many men on the ice at 16:25, giving the Bruins their third man-advantage. The second period would end with the game tied 1-1. The Bruins led in shots on goal 27-16 through the first two periods.
The Caps were once again called for a penalty, this time tripping on Jay Beagle at the 3:20 mark of the final frame, but the Caps would once again shut it down. The Caps would get their second power play of the game at 8:04 of the third period, on a hooking call on Brad Marchand, but also could not convert. The third period would end in a 1-1 tie.
The Capitals would win it in overtime on a Nis-CANNON from Matt Niskanen.