With the return of Alex Ovechkin, and Dmitry Orlov, the Caps’ lineup was due for some changes, but head coach Peter Laviolette had more changes than just those:
Sheary moving up to Vrana’s place on the second line was somewhat of a surprise (at least to me) but Sheary has been playing significantly better as of late, improving over an abysmal start to the season. Kuznetsov and Samsonov remained out in Covid Protocol.
Vitek Vanecek has continued to handle the starters net incredibly well, stopping 94.6% of shots coming his way at 5v5, which is near the top of the league.
After an ugly start, in which the Bruins had a near miss off the post, Carl Hagelin opened the scoring with a deflection to get his first goal.
Shortly thereafter, Zdeno Chara would make it 2-0 against his former team with an absolute rocket from the point.
Then just 11 seconds later, Daniel Sprong would score to make it 3-0.
The Caps have gotten very limited powerplay opportunites this season. Almost historically few:
But the Caps finally got a couple in tonights game, one of which resulted in this beauty from John Carlson.
Unfortunately, the Bruins were finally able to get something going as a lost faceoff led to a Pastrnak goal.
Going into the game, the Caps were 4th worst in the league at faceoffs winning just 45.4% of them, meanwhile the Bruins were best in the league at 58.7%. Losing that faceoff in particular caused major problems for the Caps, as the Bruins got themselves back into the game.
The third period was all Bruins in terms of both shots and Goals. I’ll spare you the videos. Pastrnak scored to make it 4-2 midway through the third and it was all downhill from there.
Craig Smith scored his third goal of the season to bring it within 1. And after ringing one off the crossbar in the first, Brandon Carlo finally put one in the net. After that, for some strange reason, the Caps pulled their goalie, even though it was a tie game, which would only make sense if the Hagelin goal had been called back. Since the Hagelin goal counted, I’m not sure why the Caps pulled their goalie and the Rat Brad Marchand took and advantage and scored the empty netter.
Boos all around.
At least ya boy won the over 5.5.