WASHINGTON DC – The Bruins entered the home of the Washington Capitals looking for a little taste of revenge after last year’s first round playoff exit, and even more importantly the Black and Gold wanted to get back into the winning ways.
Boston did neither while crumbling to the Capitals in a 4-3 overtime loss at the Verizon Center after the Bruins built up a three-goal lead in the first 20 minutes before spending the rest of the game protecting it. Eric Fehr split through the defensemen pair of Dougie Hamilton and Dennis Seidenberg before firing the puck past Tuukka Rask in a beautiful individual move.
Wojtek Wolksi scored the game-tying goal with a little less than six minutes to go in the third period against a B’s third line that victimized several times through the game.
That’s got to be a concerning trend when the Bruins frittered away the same exact lead in the third period of Sunday’s heated loss to the Habs, and looked mortal when they’ve owned the final 20 minutes all season long.
The Bruins started things off with a rarity: a successful shorthanded penalty shot for Brad Marchand after he was slashed at numerous times by Alex Ovechkin on the way to the Capitals net. He finished off five hole on Braden Holtby for his 12th goal of the season, and defensemen Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton added to it with goals of their own in the first 20 minutes.
But the Capitals won the middle 20 minutes and parlayed a Mike Ribeiro score from Ovechkin and Tomas Kundratek’s first NHL goal into a genuine hockey game where it once appeared to be a blowout. That paved the way for Boston’s demise in the final period for the second straight game.
GOLD STAR: Three points and the game-winning goal in overtime make for one of the most memorable performances that Eric Fehr has had in a game. His line dominated the Bruins over the final two periods and his overtime goal was a thing of beauty as he split through Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton before firing a backhander through Tuukka Rask. Fehr was a dominant player in his 19:27 of ice time.
BLACK EYE: Chris Kelly was a minus-3 and once again the Bruins third line was horrible for Boston. Kelly was specifically brought out for a face-off in the defensive that he lost leading to Washington's third goal, and the third line did nothing to slow down the Washington rush on the game-tying goal in the third period. Kelly is now a minus-7 on the season.
TURNING POINT: The Bruins simply stopped skating and battling after building up a 3-0 lead through the first 20 minutes of the game. Plain and simple.
HONORABLE MENTION: Four hits and a plus-1 for Adam McQuaid in nearly 16 minutes patrolling with Zdeno Chara while Alex Ovechkin was on the ice. McQuaid was strong and nasty around the net, and looked pretty good as a potential shutdown defenseman. You have to wonder if he'll get more looks in certain match-ups against top offensive players.
BY THE NUMBERS: 0-3 -- The Bruins record this season when Dougie Hamilton scores a goal.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We had one player (for the Capitals) get through two players for the game-winning goal in overtime. That shouldn't happen." --Claude Julien on the game-winning goal for Eric Fehr and the Caps in overtime.