Bruins Clip Capitals, 4-2; T.J. Oshie Notches Two Points

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Boston Bruins by a score of 4-2 at Capital One Arena on Thursday night. The loss dropped the Capitals one point behind the New York Islanders for first place in the East Division. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov made 28 saves in the loss.

Capitals’ Lines vs. Bruins

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Centers Lars Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov and defensemen Dmitry Orlov and Brenden Dillon flipped spots in the lineup. Forward Daniel Carr replaced Daniel Sprong after the team called him up from the taxi squad on Thursday.

First Period

Defenseman Jeremy Lauzon blasted one through the five-hole of Samsonov from up top after getting a feed by forward Craig Smith who was working the wall to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead 33 seconds in. The puck trickled past Samsonov and across the goal line.

Forward Anton Blidh tapped in defenseman Justin Schultz’s attempted clear around the boards into the net at the doorstep after the puck came right to him to make it 2-0 at 16:02.

Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway got taken down by Bruins forward Brett Ritchie in a fight with 59 seconds left.

The Capitals did not score on one power-play in the first.

The Bruins led 18-9 in shots, 10-7 in hits, 2-1 in takeaways, 5-4 in blocked shots, won 64% of the draws, had one giveaway while the Capitals had five, and did not score on two power plays through 20 minutes.

Second Period

Forward Brad Marchand dangled past Schultz on a shorthanded two-on-one rush and backhanded it past the glove of Samsonov to extend the Bruins’ lead to three 4:09 into the period.

Captain Alex Ovechkin blasted one from up top after defenseman John Carlson teed one up for him off of the draw and the Capitals got a five-on-three power play to bring them to within two with 9:52 left in the second. Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swyman became the 146th goalie Ovechkin has scored on in his career. Ovechkin hit the 20-goal mark for the 16th time. The goal also marked Ovechkin’s 266th of his career on the power play, which moved him all alone in second place of all-time.

19 seconds later, forward T.J. Oshie one-timed a shot from the dot blocker-side on Swyman after getting fed from center Lars Eller from the slot to make it a one-goal game on the power play. The power-play goal was Oshie’s team-leading eighth of the season and he also recorded his sixth multi-point game.

The Capitals led 13-6 in second-period shots, 21-17 in hits, and scored twice on six power plays through 40 minutes.

The Bruins led 23-22 in shots, 10-6 in blocked shots, 8-4 in takeaways, had one giveaway while the Capitals had five, won 57% of the draws, and did not score on three power plays in the first two periods.

Third Period

Forward Craig Smith roofed one over the arm of Samsonov on the second opportunity from the dot after center Charlie Coyle banked the puck off of defenseman Zdeno Chara’s skate and right to Smith to double the Bruins’ lead with 3:05 left.

The Capitals led 33-32 in shots, including 10-8 in the third period, 26-19 in hits, and scored twice on seven power plays.

The Bruins led 18-9 in blocked shots, 11-6 in takeaways, had two giveaways while the Capitals had six, won 58% of the draws, and scored once on four power-play opportunities.

The Capitals will visit the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Friday night. Action from Western New York 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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