Washington Capitals lose in bloodbath with the Bruins

Conor Sheary, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Conor Sheary, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /

After a solid effort against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Washington Capitals took to the ice on Sunday to take on the Boston Bruins. The Bruins entered the contest as -150 favourites despite the Caps having demolished them 8-1 just a week earlier.

However, it would be the Bruins who struck first in this one. Captain Patrice Bergeron scored a shorthanded goal about 12-minutes into the contest.

David Krejci would add another tally for the Bruins just one minute later to make it a 2-0 game in the first period.

It would be T.J. Oshie who would get the Capitals on the board with just nine seconds remaining in the period on a rebounded Nick Backstrom shot. The goal was Oshie’s 15th of the season and gave the Capitals some momentum heading into the second period.

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Also, as the period ended, Garnet Hathaway and Curtis Lazar would both get matching minors for roughing and serve them at the start of the second.

The shots were 14-10 in favour of the Capitals after the first period

The Capitals would really find their legs early in the second period. After Conor Sheary was cut by a high stick and the Caps went on their second four-minute power play of the contest, Oshie would snipe again for his 16th of the season and his 10th power-play goal of the season.

Then, a little over a minute later, Anthony Mantha scores on the man advantage to make it a 3-2 game for Washington. This was Mantha’s fourth goal in his fourth game with the Capitals, which set a franchise record for most goals scored in consecutive games after being acquired by Washington.

Things would go downhill from here, as the Bruins would get three more goals from Brad Marchand, Krejci and Bergeron to exit the period with a 5-2 lead.

The shots were in favour of the Capitals 11-10.

The third period was a bloodbath between these two rivals. It started with Tom Wilson‘s hit on a stumbling Sean Kuraly that drew a crowd. To the dismay of Bruins fans, the Capitals were the one who came out of the sequence with the power play which they did not capitalize on.

Then, Hathaway threw a questionable hit on Jarred Tinordi. Tinordi went face-first into the boards and was cut from the impact. There was no penalty on the play, but, after commercial break, the refs gave Hathaway a major and a game misconduct for boarding. He was ejected, and the Capitals had a five-minute penalty to kill, which they did so successfully.

However, they Capitals couldn’t find the back of the net, and Marchand buries an empty-net goal to secure the 6-3 win for the Bruins.

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The Capitals take the ice again on Thursday against the New York Islanders.