Game 2 Preview: Capitals Look to Continue First Round Series Lead Against Bruins on Monday

The Washington Capitals host the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the first round in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday (7:30 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington, and NBCSN). The Capitals lead the series 1-0 after pulling out a 3-2 overtime victory in Saturday’s playoff opener.

Bruins

Goal Leaders: Forwards Nick Ritchie (1) and Jake DeBrusk (1)

Assist Leaders: Center Curtis Lazar (1), forward David Pastrnak (1), and defenseman Charlie McAvoy (1)

Goaltender: Tuukka Rask is likely to be in net for Boston. The 34-year-old made 29 saves in Saturday’s overtime loss. He holds a .906 save percentage and 2.78 goals-against average.

Essential Notes: The Bruins will be eager to bounce back in the second game of the best-of-seven series and hopefully generate more offensive production, according to head coach Bruce Cassidy. “As the series goes on, I think, typically, teams should get better and I expect that to be the case for us,” Cassidy said after Bruins practice on Sunday. “We’re going to need to, especially in their building.” Defenseman Jeremy Lauzon took a maintenance day after blocking a shot with his hand in Game 1. Whether he draws into the lineup for Game 2 will be determined on Monday.


Capitals

Goal Leaders: Forward Tom Wilson (1), center Nic Dowd (1), and defenseman Brenden Dillon (1)

Assist Leader: Forward T.J. Oshie (2)

Point Leaders: Wilson (2) and Oshie (2)

Goaltenders: Craig Anderson is likely to be in net for Washington. The 39-year-old made 21 saves in Saturday’s win. He holds a .955 save percentage and 1.16 goals-against average.

Essential Notes: Center Evgeny Kuznetsov was removed from the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list as of 5 PM on Sunday. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov came off the list Saturday evening and both players took the ice during Sunday’s optional practice. A timeline for return is unclear as of now. Netminder Vitek Vanecek remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury. The Capitals recalled Zach Fucale from the AHL’s Hershey Bears earlier in the day as a potential backup to be in net.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is a fiction writer based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area and an online student attending Full Sail University. She got her start in the entertainment industry at age seven as an actress. At the young age of nine, Della wrote a psychological thriller short story that sparked her interest in creative writing. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for sports. In her spare time, Della enjoys photography, traveling, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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  2. Marky says:

    Don’t have much to say about tonight except: LET’S GO!!!!!!

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