For the second time this season, the Boston Bruins escaped with 3 of 4 possible points from their two game set against the Washington Capitals. Although it would have been nice to make a statement and sweep the Caps out of town, both games showed that the Bruins are capable of beating Washington if, and probably when, they end up in a playoff series against each other. Tuukka Rask was the main reason for the B’s grinding a point out of Wednesday’s affair, while it was the offense that did the job on Friday.
Wednesday night felt like a battle of the neutral zone, as both teams had an incredibly hard time putting the puck on net. This was especially evident for the Bruins, as they had an astoundingly low two shots on goal in the first period, and ended the game with only 18 shots on Washington goalie Vitek Vanecek. It’s no surprise that with such a low shot total the Bruins had a difficult time scoring. The Bruins wouldn’t break the ice until the 3rd period when Brad Marchand made a heads up steal from Washington defenseman John Carlson which led to a 2-on-1 with David Pastrnak, who eventually found the back of the net. Lars Eller of the Capitals would strike back a few minutes later and once again, the game was tied. After the overtime period proved to be indecisive, the game went to a shootout where Jakub Vrana would score the game winning goal in the first round, giving the Capitals a 2-1 victory. Tuuka Rask did what he could to try to will the B’s to a win, but his efforts was ultimately in vain.
Friday night, the Bruins had a much easier time scoring, as they would send the Capitals packing with a 5-1 victory. The Bruins carried a 1-0 lead into the second period after Brad Marchand scored the game’s first goal in the first on a nice backhand shot. The Bruins would then score the next 4 goals coming from Trent Frederic, Patrice Bergeron, Marchand again, and finally Nick Ritchie. The Bruins were clearly looking for revenge after their disappointing finish on Wednesday, and they got it with a good all around win.
The one downside of Friday’s game was the loss of Brandon Carlo, who exited the game after taking a high hit from Tom Wilson. Carlo would not return and it was later reported that he was sent to the hospital. This is a huge loss for the B’s if Carlo misses an extended amount of time which looks pretty likely considering the hit he took. Carlo has been an anchor for the defense all season, and he is right up there with McAvoy in the conversation of best defender on the team.
Wilson’s cheap hit would not go unnoticed by the Bruins however. The hit should have resulted in an immediate ejection from the game for Wilson, but he wasn’t even given a minor penalty. The Bruins took exception to the refs lack of punishment in the form of Jarred Tinordi. In just his second game as a Bruin, Tinordi took on one of the most feared fighters in the league in order to avenge his fallen teammate. He showed a lot of guts and is fitting in well with the team, and undoubtedly earned some cred in the locker room with the guys for his fight.
The Bruins next game will have them play host to the New Jersey Devils in a makeup game that was postponed due to the Devils COVID outbreak from earlier in the season. The Bruins will try to carry their momentum over from last night’s solid victory, but with their injuries mounting, especially on the defensive end, the Bruins depth will be put to work. We will see if they can carry over their momentum from this big victory, and continue their winning ways.
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