The Bruins needed to reach down for that little extra something to emerge from their midseason funk, and they found it on Super Bowl Sunday.
With a handful of hours to go until their Patriots brethren got ready for their biggest game of the season, the Bruins had their own big effort with a solid, grinding, no-frills 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bruins and ended a long-ish line of lesser efforts from the Black and Gold.
The Bruins showed early in the game they meant business against the Caps, and Tim Thomas was operating at full efficiency after he was booed by the Washington crowd during pregame introductions. Thomas helped start the full momentum shift after shutting down an Alex Semin breakaway attempt with a right pad save after dropping into a full butterfly. Minutes later Rich Peverley and Milan Lucic teamed together for the Bs power forwards 19th goal of the season after a nifty backhanded pass from Peverley, and the Bruins were off and running.
The Bs jumped all over Washington later on in the period and Brad Marchand potted his 19th goal of the year to push the lead to 2-0 after Patrice Bergeron created the play from behind the Caps net. Thats the way things stayed until Tyler Seguin added his 20th goal of the season midway through the final period when the BergeronMarchandSeguin line took advantage of some sloppy puck-handling in the Washington defensive zone.
In between all those goals was a 35-save effort by Thomas and some serious defensive zone work by Zdeno Chara, who managed to contain an inspired effort from Alex Ovechkin. Joel Ward added a goal late in the third period to put Washington on the board, but it was far too late for the Caps. A Rich Peverley empty-netter iced it for the Bs.