The Clunker Before Christmas: Bruins Blow Out Capitals, 7-3

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Boston Bruins by a score of 7-3 at TD Garden on Monday night in their final game before the NHL’s holiday break, only their second in their last 18 against the black and gold (16-2-0). The Capitals enter the break on top of the Metropolitan Division by eight points and the Eastern Conference by four points. Goaltender Braden Holtby made seven saves before goaltender Ilya Samsonov pitched three in the loss.

Capitals’ Lines at Bruins

The Capitals made no line changes from their 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Capital One Arena on Saturday.

First Period

Forward Jake DeBrusk was at the side of the goal hacking and whacking a loose puck in front of Holtby and buried the puck on the third opportunity right off the bat on a power-play to make it 1-0 Bruins 5:37 into the game.

Forward Brad Marchand poked forward David Pastrnak’s rebound through the wickets of Holtby after catching the puck with his stick to make it 2-0 with 6:31 left.

27 seconds later, forward Anders Bjork one-timed one past Holtby from the right dot after getting a feed from down low by center Charlie Coyle to triple the Bruins’ lead.

Center Patrice Bergeron tipped in Pastrnak’s shot from the wall in front of Holtby to make it 4-0 on a 5-on-3 with 1:03 left.

The Capitals led 12-8 in hits, 7-2 in blocked shots, and had two giveaways while the Bruins had five through 20 minutes. They didn’t convert on one power-play opportunity in the first.

The Bruins led 11-8 in shots, 5-2 in takeaways, won 64% of the draws, and scored on half of their four power-play opportunities in the first.

Second Period

Samsonov started the period for the Capitals after Holtby allowed four goals on 11 shots in the first.

Center Charlie Coyle roofed one over Samsonov’s glove after deking from backhand to forehand on a breakaway to make it 5-0 6:55 into the first.

Captain Alex Ovechkin sniped one over goaltender Tuukka Rask’s blocker to the top corner after forward Tom Wilson’s shot from the left circle was blocked to make it 5-1 with 5:25 left. His 347 career road goals are now the sixth-most in NHL history.

The Capitals led 25-13 in shots, including 17-2 in the second, 25-16 in hits, 8-7 in takeaways, went 0-for-3 on the power-play, and had only two giveaways while the Bruins had nine through 40 minutes.

The Bruins led 10-8 in blocked shots, won 54% of the draws, and went 2-for-5 on the power-play through two.

Third Period

Center Lars Eller deflected forward Jakub Vrana’s shot from the high slot below Rask’s glove to make it 5-2 on the power-play with 4:31 left.

Center David Krejci made it 6-2 with an empty-netter after forward Sean Kuraly stripped the puck from Ovechkin behind the net and fed him with 3:10 left.

Forward Garnet Hathaway roofed one short side after getting an off-the-wall feed from forward Brendan Leipsic to cut the lead in half with 2:13 left.

Bergeron added another empty-netter, poking the puck in with 27 seconds left after getting the puck from behind to make it 7-3.

The Capitals led 42-17 in shots, including 17-4 in the third, 40-19 in hits, 11-10 in takeaways, went 0-for-5 on the power-play, and had only eight giveaways while the Bruins had 10.

The Bruins led 13-10 in blocked shots and went 2-for-6 on the power-play.

Each team won 50% of the draws.

After the holiday break, the Capitals will host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington beginning at 7 PM ET.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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6 Responses to The Clunker Before Christmas: Bruins Blow Out Capitals, 7-3

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Meh. Clunkers will happen.

  3. Day One Caps Fans says:

    A pile of garbage from our team tonight.

    Kuznetsov and Jake Vrana are in big-time disaster mode. Neither has done a bloody thing right in their past six games. What to do? Coach Reirden to fix it? Good Luck. Hope Kuzy isn’t back on Cocaine. More concerned about Jake. He looks like a lost little boy out there. Personally I’d like to bench his behind and give Travis Boyd a look on the Second Line.

    And fourteen lazy stick and stupid penalties in two games. Recipe for losing and flaming out in the Playoffs.

    Caps gave us another t*rd last week against Columbus. It’s Columbus again on Friday night. Caps have been basically out-of-synch over the past twelve games, getting some good fortune here and there among the inconsistent clunkers. Maybe St. Nick will give us a better Caps performance against CBJ. Otherwise Tortorella’s boys will mop the floor with the sad sack Capitals.

    And Braden Holtby just plain stunk tonight. He was the Hole-by that we see from time to time. And he wants a new contract for $11 million a season.

    Merry Christmas, NovaCapsFans!

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Caps do this every year at Christmas/New Year time, then they get their game back thru January into February. I don’t think in April anyone will be remembering or worrying about a game in December. They will get their crap together, they always do.

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