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The Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. The win raised the Capitals’ record to 55-18-8 (118 points). The Capitals next head home to host the Florida Panthers in the regular season finale. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m.
Philipp Grubauer got the start in goal for the Capitals. Braden Holtby will start in the season finale on Sunday.
John Carlson was scratched for the third consecutive game. He is officially listed as day-to-day. Nate Schmidt replaced Carlson in the lineup.
Brett Connolly was scratched due to illness. He was replaced by Paul Carey. Taylor Chorney was the healthy scratch for the Capitals.
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- This was Marcus Johansson’s 500th NHL game.
- This was Brooks Orpik’s 900th game in the NHL.
- With a win on Sunday, the Capitals will match mark from last season (56-18-8) and reach 120 pts for 3rd time in franchise history.
- Caps are now 11-1-1 in their last 13 games, and have won four straight.
- Caps are 9-0-0 against Boston under Barry Trotz.
- The #Caps are the second team in NHL history to win 55 or more games in consecutive seasons.
- Washington has also earned 238 points in the last two seasons, marking the most points in two straight seasons since Montreal recorded 244 points from 1977-79.
- The Capitals lead the NHL in goals against per game (2.18) this season and have allowed two or fewer goals in 48 games.
The Capitals would jump on the scoreboard first with an early goal by Marcus Johansson at 4:21 mark of the opening frame.
The call from John Walton:
The first period would end with the Capitals leading 1-0. The Capitals outshot the Bruins 10-8 for the opening frame.
The Bruins would tie the game late in the middle frame on a controversial goal by Colin Miller at the 15:13 mark.
The Capitals would quickly regain the lead with a goal by Kevin Shattenkirk at 16:09 of the second period.
John Walton’s call:
Kevin Shattenkirk would appear to notch another goal, but after review it was determined that the Capitals were guilty of goaltender interference.
Justin Williams would stretch the Capitals lead to 3-1 at the 19:10 mark of the middle frame.
The second period would end with the Capitals leading 3-1. The Capitals outshot the Bruins 14-7 for the second period and led 24-15 through two periods of play.
The third period would be locked down by the Capitals, with no scoring by either team. The Capitals held on for the 3-1 win. John Walton on the call:
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SCENES FROM BOSTON
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