Capitals Beat Bruins, 4-3 (OT), Earn First Win Of Preseason

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The Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins by a score of 4-3 in overtime at TD Garden on Wednesday night in the team’s final road preseason game of the 2021-22 season. Goaltender Vitek Vanecek made 33 saves in the win.

Capitals’ Lines at Bruins

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson
Daniel Sprong — Lars Eller — Anthony Mantha
Conor Sheary — Connor McMichael — T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Trevor van Riemsdyk — John Carlson
Michal Kempny — Justin Schultz
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen


First Period

Center Charlie Coyle tapped a rebound off of right-wing Craig Smith’s shot in the goal crease to make it 1-0 Bruins 7:28 in after Smith was trying to follow up left-wing Brad Marchand’s shot from the slot.

The Capitals led 4-3 in blocked shots, 3-1 in takeaways, won 61% of the draws, did not score of two power-play opportunities, and had no giveaways while the Bruins had two in the first.

The Bruins led 15-11 in shots, 5-4 in hits, and failed to take advantage of their lone man advantage of the period.

Second Period

Kuznetsov slid a rebound in the goal at the doorstep after pinching down low and Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark denied Ovechkin at the front of the goal to tie it at 6:09.

54 seconds later, Wilson toe-dragged and slid one through Ullmark‘s five-hole after Kuznetsov sent him in on a breakaway with a pass from the neutral zone to give the Capitals the lead.

After right-wing Craig Smith shot one from the half-wall and Vanecek could not freeze the puck, left-wing Taylor Hall jumped on the loose change and backhanded it in to tie it with 6:43 left.

The Capitals led 12-8 in second-period shots, 5-3 in blocked shots, 6-4 in takeaways, won 54% of the draws, did not score on three power plays, and had one giveaway while the Bruins had three through 40 minutes.

The Bruins failed to score on two power play opportunities in the first two periods.

Each team tallied 23 shots and 12 hits through two.

Third Period

After Ovechkin threw a shot towards the net from the high point, Oshie tipped it in front past the blocker of Ullmark to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead on the power play with 6:31 left.

Right-wing David Pastrnak swiped one through the wickets of Vanecek after retrieving a dump in that banked off of the backboards to tie it with 3:29 to go.

The Capitals led 8-4 in takeaways, had three giveaways while the Bruins had four, and scored on one of their seven power plays.

The Bruins led 36-30 in shots, including 12-5 in the third, 20-17 in hits, won 61% of the draws, and failed to score on three power play opportunities.

Each team tallied six blocked shots.


Mantha won the game 1:41 into overtime, calling his own number on a two-on-one and ripping it through the five-hole of Ullmark.

The Capitals led 2-0 in overtime shots.

Next game: vs. Philadelphia Flyers on Friday (7 PM ET, NHL Network nationally, NBC Sports Washington locally)

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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