In an epic Wednesday Night Hockey battle, the Washington Capitals came out on top.
This matchup between two Eastern Conference elites had it all, fights, hits, goals and a ton of heated moments. Once again, the Capitals showed how much they dominate over the Bruins. With Wednesday’s win, the Caps have won 16 of their last 17 meetings with the Bruins. That’s a stretch dating back to the 2014-15 season.
The Caps had some scoring chances early on but it was the Bruins who got on the board first. David Pastrnak drove to the net and scored his league-leading 26th goal of the season at 9:36.
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But it didn’t quiet the crowd at all. In fact it was easy for them to get back into it when a heavyweight fight broke out 38 seconds later ‘between Zdeno Chara and Tom Wilson. You can watch that battle here.
1-0 was the score after one while shots were even at eight apiece. The Caps would rally in the second thanks to T.J. Oshie. Oshie ended a four-game goal-less drought with two from crashing the net and using his speed in the process.
After Chris Wagner was called for interference on Garnet Hathaway at 3:48, the Caps went to the power play and cashed in.
After Nicklas Backstrom turned the puck over, John Carlson saved the puck from entering the neutral zone. Once Carlson did he found a wide open Oshie in front of the net. Oshie missed his first attempt, hitting the top post but got it on the second try as Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak couldn’t corral it. The goal came at 4:35.
At 8:05, Oshie notched his second goal of the game with silky puck control between two defenders to backhand it past Halak for his 13th goal of the season.
Despite being outshot the entire middle stanza 15-6, the Caps took a 2-0 lead into the second intermission.
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At 2:54, the Bruins tied it on a goal from Sean Kuraly. The Caps answered at 4:42 with a one-timer blast from John Carlson in the right face-off circle off a pass from Nicklas Backstrom. Tom Wilson was credited with the secondary assist.
The Caps were outshot 32-25 but Braden Holtby stood tall making 30 saves for a .938 save percentage. With the win, Holtby’s record against the Bruins improves to 18-3-0.
The Capitals will have two days off before a rematch on Saturday night with the Tampa Bay Lightning.