The Washington Capitals returned home tonight to Verizon Center hoping to come back from Tuesday night’s road loss to the New York Islanders and keep their home ice winning streak alive facing the Boston Bruins. They would extend their home winning streak to eight straight and also snap the Bruins three-game winning streak, defeating them for the 7th straight time 5-3. The Caps have earned at least a point at home in 10 straight games (9-0-1) and have not lost at home since December 29th. They also have not loss to the Bruins since March of 2014.
Caps winger T.J. Oshie scored the first goal of the game in the first period for his 4th goal in his last six games, he would also assist later in the game. Center Nicklas Backstrom, who despite his high point total does not score much, put in his 14th goal of the season off a rebound, this was his first since January 16th (6 games); he also would assist on two goals. Winger and captain Alex Ovechkin scored on a power play just before the end of the second period to break a 2-2 tie, Ovechkin has scored now in three straight games. Center Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded a two-point game with a goal and an assist, he has scored in three straight games and has five goals in his last five games. Brett Connolly scored for the first time since January 19th (5 games) and Matt Niskanen assisted twice. Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 30 shots and remains undefeated in his past 12 starts (10-0-0); he also improves his all-time record against Boston to 11-2-0.
Washington gave up a power play goal for the 6th straight game. The Bruins scored not one but two power play goals, and they were scored by winger Brad Marchand. Marchand recorded his NHL-leading 7th multi-goal game and his 3rd straight; he also has eight goals in his last nine games. Center David Krejci scored late in the third period for the second game in a row. David Pastrnak assisted twice tonight and has six assists in his last five games. Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 17 shots tonight and drops his all-time record against Washington to 1-9-5.
Washington wins the season series with the Bruins 2-0. Next game for the Caps will be Saturday afternoon against the Montreal Canadians in Montreal. Game time will be 1:00 PM/ET.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).