Two goals apiece from David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand led the Boston Bruins to overtake the Washington Capitals to a 6-3 victory this afternoon at TD Garden.
Marchand’s four-point game earned him his 700th career point.
“The big boys came out to play today,” said Bruce Cassidy.
The Bruins have now extended their winning streak to four games. All of the goals except the first and last largely came in 5v5, as the special teams struggled to get anything in their three power games (which included a five-minute advantage), but they managed to score shorthanded to start. the goalfest.
The B’s had something to prove against the Capitals, after a crushing loss in their last meeting. Today’s win saw the Bruins point guard come after facing two four-minute shots on goal and a few big hits from the Capitals in the final quarter.
“It was a good five-on-five game for us,” said Cassidy. “They [Capitals] are a good team. They are designed to play a physical game. You have to play fast against them and counter their physicality.
The Bruins offense put early pressure on the Capitals to start the game. The B’s top line moved the puck and tested Vitek Vanecek in their first quarter of the game and took a penalty.
But the Capitals reduced the advantage, as Trevor van Riemsdyk won and blocked two chances. The power play wasn’t the best, and the Caps ended up having two chances on the same streak to score a shorty on Rask. But Rask came in big and blocked the attempts.
The B’s second row also had nice offensive zone coverage early in their shift, keeping the games alive. Craig Smith came out shooting with two shots, including a backhand in the lunge.
Around the nine-minute mark, Connor Clifton received his first high-range minor double penalty, leaving the Bruins shorthanded. But no worries. Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron do what they do best.
The Bruins opened the scoring at 12:02 of the first period with a shorthanded goal.
Brad Marchand forced a turn-over by John Carlson behind the net. The loose puck went out to Patrice Bergeron skating at the top of the painting where he put a backhand on Vanecek’s tackle. 1-0 Bruins.
The shorty was the third of the year for Bergeron. It was also Marchand’s 6e point shorthanded this season.
Midway through the second period, the Bruins were faced with a four-minute penalty as Connor Clifton was called up for a high stick. The PK had a tough performance, as Alex Ovechkin got some decent punches on Rask in the top-left kill, but alas the Caps didn’t score on this set.
The Bruins took a two-goal lead at 13:56 of the first period.
The game started with a flare pass from Taylor Hall that sent Connor Clifton on the ice through the neutral zone and gave the Bruins a clean entry into the attacking zone. In the high lunge, Craig Smith returned a pass to Clifton who then sent a flow to David Krejci on the far post. Krejci hit the puck for a low goal in front of Vanecek. 2-0 Bruins.
The Capitals reduced their deficit 10 seconds from the end of the first period.
Nicklas Backstrom passed Charlie McAvoy to get Tuukka Rask a wrist shot in the lunge. TJ Oshie crushed the net and picked up the rebound for a rear top shelf on Rask’s glove. 2-1.
The Bruins would find themselves in a tight spot in the second period against a very dominant power play unit from the Caps.
Clifton took another four-minute and very sticky penalty early in the second period, which would cost the Bs two goals.
The Capitals took advantage of the man advantage by scoring the first of their two power play goals at 3:48 of the second period and Oshie’s second count.
Tic-tac-toe going from Backstrom to Evgeny Kuznetsov found Oshie in the slot for a top shelf once over Rask’s glove. 2-2 game
The Capitals added another power play goal from Clifton at 4:54 of the second period. Dmitry Orlov passed to Anthony Mantha who, at the top of the right face-off circle, shot a wrist shot through traffic past Rask’s blocker. 3-2 Capitals.
The Bruins tied the game at 6:33 of the second period.
Bergeron threw a lead at David Pastrnak, but Marchand put his stick on it, moved to his backhand and placed the goal on Vanecek’s glove. 3-3 tie game.
The Bruins took the lead at 4:02 pm of the second period with Krejci’s second goal of the game. Craig Smith hit Krejci with a pass into the lunge where he maneuvered past Orlov for a fight over Vanecek’s glove. 4-3 Bruins.
The Bruins strengthened their lead at 5:45 pm of the second period with Bergeron’s second scoring of the night.
Marchand and Pastrnak found themselves in a 2-on-1 skating in the offensive zone. With tic-tac-toe passes, Marchand moved the puck to Pastrnak who then hit Bergeron with a skating pass through the lunge for a stopwatch on Vanecek’s tackle. 5-3 Bruins.
The Bruins opened the third period from the penalty spot, with time remaining from Mike Reilly’s appeal. Minutes later, the team found themselves on the ground again, after Jarred Tinordi was called out for being brutalized. It followed a streak where Tom Wilson hit Sean Kuraly from behind on a piece that should have been called for the Caps holding Kuraly on the piece.
After the game, Cassidy called Wilson’s success “fortuitous,” saying, “There’s not much you can do once a guy starts to fall apart.”
The PK looked a lot better in the third period, with fewer shots at Rask. Tuukka also made some great saves in the final frame to keep the cushion in mind like this series of saves:
Hall had another hard-hitting night and a good third period. He set Curtis Lazar up with a beauty of a pass through the lunge.
At 9:21 of the third period, the physiognomy of the game increased further, as Garret Hathawy made a dangerous check-in to Jarred Tinordi. This resulted in major misconduct and five-minute play for Hathaway.
The Bruins’ power play couldn’t get anything done. There were a lot of passes and not enough shots.
Marchand scored his second goal of the night with an empty net at 6:16 pm of the third period.
Pastrnak sent a diving pass into the neutral zone to get Marchand’s puck for the empty goal. Final score: 6-3 Bruins.
The Bruins are back in action Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabers on the road at 7 p.m. ET.