WASHINGTON, DC – The Bruins passed the first of their playoff coming attractions with flying Black and Gold colors.
The B’s are spending the next week playing four potential first round playoff opponents, and they handily dispatched the first of them, the Washington Capitals, with a solid 4-2 victory at the Verizon Center. The victory featured three goals scored in a six minute span in the second period, and improved the B’s to 12-0-3 in their last 15 games on the road.
The two points also clinched the first Atlantic Division title for Boston in the first year of NHL realignment.
Jarome Iginla scored both bookend goals for the Bruins for his 29th and 30th goals of the season, the 12th time in his NHL career that he’s surpassed 30 goals in a season. He’s also only the second B’s player to top 30 goals in a season (Milan Lucic in 2010-11) to hit that scoring plateau since Phil Kessel left town five years ago.
The first was a nifty backhanded saucer pass from Carl Soderberg after he exited the penalty box, and he caught a speeding Iginla, who fired high blocker side to open up the scoring. Soderberg followed with his own goal five minutes later while redirecting Patrice Bergeron’s shot for a power play score, and then 41 seconds later Iginla had another goal to give the Black and Gold a big cushion.
Jason Chimera scored a goal with 10 seconds remaining in the second period to give the Capitals some lift entering the third period, but a Patrice Bergeron rebound goal midway through the third clinched things for the Black and Gold.