Capitals blank Bruins to get within one win from playoffs

Just win baby is what the Caps did and will have to do again if they want to make the playoffs
Nic Dowd, Washington Capitals
Nic Dowd, Washington Capitals / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals edged the Boston Bruins 2-0 behind a 16 save shutout performance from Charlie Lindgren and a goal from John Carlson. Nic Dowd would seal it with an empty net goal to give the Caps exactly what they needed going into Game 82 tomorrow night or tonight if you're reading this Tuesday morning: a trip to the playoffs.

Carlson's goal came at the 12 minute mark on a slap shot for his 10th goal of the season. The other night his goal was the game winner and he now leads all Caps defensemen in goals in franchise history. Dylan Strome and Tom Wilson assisted. Strome also had two hits being named the Hard Hat Player of the Night on the postgame show on Monumental Sports Network.

Dowd's goal came in the third period with about 13 seconds left so if you like McNuggets you get them for free on the McDonald's app with the minimium dollar purchase in the DMV thanks to Dowder with his 12th goal of the season.

The Caps had 14 blocked shots to the Bruins 11 while the Caps put up 25 shots on goal. The Bruins had no power play chances while the Caps went 0 for 1 on theirs. The Bruins edged the Caps on the face off dot 55.6 percent to 44.4 percent. The Caps were outhit 50-41 but they weren't afraid to lay out the hits.

On the out of town scoreboard the New York Islanders downed the New Jersey Devils in the Garden State 4-1 to seal a first round date with the second seeded Carolina Hurricanes on the Metropolitan Division side of the Eastern Conference bracket.

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Habs at Little Caesars Arena 5-4, the Penguins took down the Nashville Predators 4-2 in Pittsburgh. The Islanders host the Penguins on Wednesday night. On Tuesday night the Habs and Canadiens meet again this time north of the border. The Caps as we all know see the Flyers and a win punches their ticket into the playoffs.

The win improves the Caps record to 39-31-11 this season. That equals 89 points. That's the same amount of points the Red Wings have. Yet it's the Caps who control their own destiny. They need to win in Philadelphia against the Flyers to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. on Monumental Sports Network.