WASHINGTON, D.C. Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Capitals by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes at the Verizon Center.
1)David Krejci had a couple of close scoring calls including a Milan Lucic dish that left him all alone in front for a backhanded bid, but had his period end early when he blocked a shot that appeared to cause him some discomfort. Krejci took a couple more shifts, but then eventually disappeared from the bench with Chris Kelly taking his shifts between Lucic and Rich Peverley.
2)Speaking of Rich Peverley, nice job using the wood in bowling parlance in front of the net for Bostons only goal. Peverley got a hold of the puck after a big Milan Lucic fore-check popped it loose, and flipped it toward the front of the net where Lucic was actually headed. Instead the puck bounced off the stick of a seated Karl Azner swinging it toward the net. The puck bounced right off the stick and past Tomas Vokoun for games only score.
3) Sleepy first half of the first period, but a few big hits towards the end with Zdeno Chara lowering the boom on Cody Eakin during one of the last shifts closing out the period.
4)A tip of the cap to Dennis Wideman, who crossed the 500 games played barrier with the Washington Capitals this week and was recognized by the home crowd. Hes one of the top five scoring defensemen in the NHL this season and has really found a home in DC.
5) Jay Beagle and Cody Eakin are undefeated in six face-offs through the first period and it looks like Gregory Campbell, Chris Kelly and David Krejci needed to step up their draw game.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Capitals tied at a 3-3 score after the first 40 minutes of action at the Verizon Center.
1)Big garbage man rebound goal to tie things up for Brad Marchand jamming in front of the net during a power play at the end of the period. Hes the smallest guy on the ice, but hes never afraid to go to those danger areas, and appears to be enjoying his place back on the power play with Nathan Hortons injury. I wonder if we should start calling Marchand the Little Mound of Rebound? Would Obama approve of that one?
2)In a night of varying compete levels, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley and Dennis Seidenberg all have four shots on net. Theyve all brought their A game tonight with Peverley and Seidenberg factoring into goals.
3) Some sloppy turnovers by Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk tonight in their own zone, and extending into the neutral zone. Boychuks giveaway at the blue line led to Mathieu Perreaults second goal of the second period on a play Tuukka Rask didnt have a chance at.
4) Highlight play by Tyler Seguin, who snapped a stick and took the hand-off of a new stick from Bruins assistant equipment manager Matt Falconer before jumping into the play to roof a backhander off a Capitals turnover by John Carlson. Just a simple play showing off Seguins game-changing explosiveness.
5)Looks like the Capitals are doing just fine without Alex Ovechkin, arent they?
WASHINGTON, D.C. Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins falling to the Capitals by a 4-3 score after 60 minutes of action at the Verizon Center.
1)Only the second time Tuukka Rask has given up four goals this season. Give the Capitals credit for coming storming back in the final 20 minutes.
2)The Bruins, on the other hand, looked sluggish and tired out of the gate in the final 20 minutes and perhaps had their minds on All-Star break vacations a period too early tonight.
3)Way too difficult to prove the Tim Thomas flap had any effect on the Bruins tonight, so Im not even going there.
4)Mathieu Perreault had 15 career goals headed into tonights game and leaves with a hat trick against the Bruins. Second straight game the Bs have allowed a hat trick to an opponent, but at least all three of Perreaults goals were demonstrably different.
5)Way too many defensemen turnovers and mistakes. That seems to be the surest sign that the Bs arent really invested into a game like they can be.