B’s fall to Capitals in OT loss
Final Score: Boston Bruins 3, Washington Capitals 4 (OT)
It appeared as though the Bruins (14-3-3) would have their first easy win of the season when they jumped out to a three-goal lead in the first period. Then the Capitals (9-11-1) stormed back with two goals in the second period, the equalizer in the third, and the game-winner just 37 seconds into overtime. The B’s lost their second straight game 4-3 to the Caps on Tuesday night at Washington.
The Bruins got goals from Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton, and Tuukka Rask made 22 saves.
- It was Boston’s second straight loss and second straight in which they blew a third-period lead after getting rubbed out by the Canadiens 4-3 on Sunday night. Boston now has six losses (three regulation) and has led in four of them.
- The Caps entered Tuesday night’s game as the third best team in the league on power-plays, but the B’s shut them down killing off all five penalties. Boston is now 76 for 83 on the penalty-kill and continues leads the league with a 91.6 penalty-kill percentage.
- Shawn Thornton hasn’t been looking for a fight, but the B’s enforcer hadn’t dropped his gloves since he suffered a concussion on Jan. 31. He finally found a partner to fight as he and Caps defenseman John Erksine went at it, with Thornton getting the win with a right hook.
Players of the Game:
- Brad Marchand scored his 12th goal of the season on a shorthanded penalty shot. He continues to prove he can score in many different scenarios: even-strength goals, shorthanded goals, power-play goals, shootout and penalty-shot goals, and most importantly clutch or tempo-setting goals with four game-winners.
- Dougie Hamilton got his third goal of the season and scored for the second straight game. Hamilton continues to look at home on the power-play as he was able to score another goal on the man-advantage. Two of his three goals have come on the power play.
- Eric Fehr completed the comeback for the Caps as he dangled through the Bruins defense and beat Rask just 37 seconds into the extra frame. He also had two assists.
Quote of the Game:
“We had the game in the bag and we got complacent,” Bruins forward Marchand said. “It’s a very tough loss. It never should have gone to overtime. That’s on us, we’ve got to be better. They got a lot of opportunities and they capitalized at the right time.”
The Bruins will be back in action on Thursday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs (14-9-0) at the TD Garden. The puck will drop at 7:00 p.m. This is the second of four games the two teams will meet this season. Boston defeated Toronto 1-0 on Feb. 2.