Tonight the Bruins come to D.C. and Big Z faces the team he captained for over 1,000 games. We also have Ovie coming back from his league mandated suspensions. He’ll be playing on 2nd line with Panik and Oshie in the middle. Hagelin, Dowd and Hathaway stay together and will have the responsibility of shutting down Pasta (1st game post hip surgery)http://twitter, Marchand and Bergeron. Carlson and Chara are slated to play together, another interesting line up move. Important to note, Orlov is still not back in the line up although being of the NHL Covid list. Kuzy and Sammy are still on the sidelines.
After last games huge come back against the Islanders, with a skeleton crew of a team, it is hard not to think that the Caps won’t be buzzing. 6 straight goals, including Chara’s first in a Cap’s sweater. The Bruin’s defense only gives up about 20 shots per game, they will need to get pucks through and crash the net, look to the 3rd line to dictate the pace tonight. The B’s are only 2 pts behind the Caps in the standings
Vitek Vanecek, thank you for your service. The Caps struggle to generate any momentum or pace while the Bruins are firing early and often. Halfway through the 1st shots on goal were 15-5, paying 5 on 5 the whole time. Not an awesome start, no surprise the only real chances thus far came from the Dowd, Hags, Hathaway line. Here is a fluke bounce that Vanecek bailed the boys out on.
After bout 8 more scoreless, uneventful minutes, Nicky B unleashes a wick-hahhhd wrister after forcing a turnover on the blue line.
Almost immediately after that in true, Caps fashion, Panik takes an offensive zone obstruction call. Coaches love these type of penalties…..The hits keep on coming, Chara is shook up after deflecting a Pastarnak shot into his own face. Bright spots, we have a lead and Vanecek is hot, stopping all 19 shots.
Capitals start the period by killing off the remainder of the Panik penalty. The B’s best chance came on a backdoor flub from the rat himself, Marchand.(love to see it) New Jersey, native TVR gives gives the guys a 2-0 lead, matching his 20-21′ season total already. Nicky B and Dilly Dilly get the helpers.
First powerplay for the game leads to a bullet from Tom Wilson after a
beauty of screen TIP*** by Panik and a feed from Ovi. I am hoping the League takes a look and gives my Capital Punishment pick some credit. It may have ever so slightly grazed Panik.
But a beauty of a shot nonetheless. Rask seems shaky, rebounds are an issue so far. After 30 plus saves the Bruins get on the board. Nick Ritchie is credited with the PPG that came from a Hathaway interference penalty. Would it be a Caps game without a special teams goal against? The B’s are doubling up the Caps in the shot department headed into the 3rd, 34-17.
The Bruins continue to push the pace to try and narrow the 2 goal deficit. Everyone’s least favorite Bruin brings it within 1 on a net front snipe. Shortly thereafter Vrana takes an offensive zone penalty (as of course, is tradition). Fortunately the caps kill it off to remain ahead by 1.
The Caps is the Caps, and they take a too many men penalty with 6 minutes left, because what is a Caps game without a threat of overtime. The boys hold strong and kill the penalty. Rask leaves the cage and with less than a minute left in the game Charlie McAvoy ties it up. The game after fighting back from a 3 goal deficit, the Washington Hockey Club pisses a 3 goal game down their leg. Whatever, add 1 to the point total.
“28 seconds is all it takes, and Washington wins”- Joe B. Goal 708 for Ovi and ties former Cap legend, Mike Gartner, for 7th all time. They don’t ask how, they ask how many. Cya Monday Boston.