For two straight games, the Boston Bruins found themselves in a 3-0 hole deep into the second period. In both games, the Bruins were able to find the back of the net before the end of the second period which sparked comebacks in the third. Saturday night, the Bruins were able to scrounge a point after tying the game and sending it to overtime before Alex Ovechkin netted the game winner just 28 seconds into OT.
Monday night would turn out to be a different story, as the Bruins scored five unanswered goals to hand the Capitals their first regulation loss on the season. The Bruins looked like a team that just wanted to hop on the first plane out of D.C for the better part of the first half of the game. After coming out strong in the first few minutes, the Capitals seemingly notched their first goal of the night about 10 minutes into the period. Although the goal would be called back due to an offsides call, the momentum swung heavily towards the Capitals. They scored three goals in a row and absolutely dominated play for quite a while.
Once David Pastrnak sniped home a goal in the back half of the second however, the ice tilted for the B’s. Pasta would pot another one to make it 3-2 six minutes into the third, followed by a game tying Craig Smith goal off of a beautiful Jeremy Lauzon pass, and the Bruins would take the lead after a rocket of a one timer from Brandon Carlo. Capped off by a Brad Marchand empty netter, the Bruins sent the Caps packing with five unanswered goals. Everything seemed to come together in the third and the Bruins successfully took 3 of 4 points from Washington.
David Pastrnak led the start of the comeback Monday night which is a huge step in the right direction for the Bruins offense. Having Pasta back in the lineup is massive for the B’s because as we saw, he can spark the teams goal scoring. For a while, it looked like the Capitals had the Bruins dead to rights, but it was Pastrnak’s goals that put the team in the right direction. The depth scoring truly starts when the top line is on their game and that’s when we see four, five, six goals a night. The Bruins will benefit heavily from Pastrnak’s return as the season continues.
The Bruins defense looked pretty subpar against Washington as they gave up some goals off of sloppy plays. Team defense was a concern for the B’s to start the season as they were playing above expectations for the first few games, and have seemed to come back down to earth recently. They won’t need to worry about team defense too much on nights like Monday when they’re able to put up five goals, but there will be nights where the offense is lacking, like we saw in the first few games. They were able to hold their own for a while in the first few games with some stellar play, but if and when the offense shuts down again, the defense will need to play better than it did against Washington, especially Lauzon who didn’t look great on Saturday and Jakub Zboril who had a few giveaways on Monday.
The Bruins will jet off to Philadelphia now for their next two games. The Flyers will surely be looking for revenge after the Bruins swept them out of Boston last week. The B’s will need to apply the same offensive pressure they did in their second game against Philly when they blew them out 6-1. Puck drops at eight o’clock Wednesday night.
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