Washington Capitals hit 100 points with win in Boston

Mar 5, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) reacts after a goal scored by defenseman Karl Alzner (27) (right) during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals hit the 100 point mark with a thrilling overtime win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

It was another slow start for the Washington Capitals, as Patrice Bergeron put the Bruins on the board first 7:11 into the game. His goal came off of a nice feed via Brad Marchand.

After going scoreless for the rest of the period, Boston appeared to take a 2-0 lead when Torey Krug collected a wild rebound off of Philipp Grubauer’s pads, cut to the middle and buried a wrister past the Caps goaltender. Barry Trotz, however, challenged the goal on the basis of an offsides, and it was determined that Loui Eriksson was in fact in the offensive zone before the puck. The Washington Capitals were lucky to remain down just one.

About ten minutes later, the Capitals would get on the board when Karl Alzner redirected a Nicklas Backstrom pass past Tuukka Rask. That’s probably the closest you will ever see Alzner to an opposing team’s net, so keep that one in the memory bank for a while.

Grubauer made several outstanding saves through the first two periods, continuing his very strong play that has been on full display as of late. There is an argument to be made that he has even looked better than Braden Holtby since the All-Star break. The Washington Capitals are very lucky to have such a capable backup when Holtby goes through a slump or needs a rest. He made 20 saves in the second period alone.

The Caps’ penalty killing unit was also very good for much of this game, working to kill off several minor penalties as well as a five minute major for boarding that was committed by Alex Ovechkin.

The PK was put to the test again early in the third period when Jay Beagle was sent to the box, but once again they were able to escape without incident.

The Washington Capitals would get a power play opportunity with about five minutes remaining in the game after Zdeno Chara essentially punched Ovechkin in the face while trying to protect himself from a hit. That would be cut short on an interference call on T.J. Oshie at the blue line. After a minute and three seconds of four-on-four hockey, the Bruins had an abbreviated power play. In what was a common theme all night, both PK units looked excellent and it remained tied at one until regulation time ended.

Play went back in forth in overtime, as has been the case with the new three-on-three format. The Capitals would come out on top, however, when Matt Niskanen ended the game on a rocket from the high slot.

With the win, the Washington Capitals have now swept the Boston Bruins in consecutive seasons.

The Caps now embark on a west coast road trip starting in Los Angeles on Tuesday.