Capitals lay down the law on Bruins, 5-3

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Capitals lay down the law on Bruins, 5-3

WASHINGTON, D.C. It wasnt brimming with the intensity of the RangersFlyers hockey lovers weekend, and that might have been the ultimate reason for Bostons downfall.

The Bs went goal-for-goal with the Capitals through the first two periods, and then kicked it into early NHL All-Star break vacation mode as they got stormed by the Caps in the final 20 minutes leading to a 5-3 defeat at the Verizon Center.

A Mathieu Perreault rebound goal in the third gave the Caps their game-winning score and gave Perreault his first career hat trick after coming into the game with 15 career NHL goals.

The Bs held a slim one-goal lead after the first period on the strength of a Rich Peverley shot that ricocheted off Caps defenseman Karl Azner before dropping into the back of the net. But the Capitals came storming back with scores from Cody Eakin and Mathieu Perreault to open the second period, and forced the Bs to dig down deep with the visions of midseason vacations dancing in their heads.

Tyler Seguin added another highlight reel goal when he broke a stick, retreated to the bench to get a replacement from Bs assistant equipment manager Matt Falconer and then roofed a backhander after jumping back into the play. Another Perreault score off a Johnny Boychuk turnover gave Washington a quick lead, but Brad Marchand and the Bruins stormed back with a power play goal to knot things up headed into the final 20 minutes of play.

The Caps ice it with an empty-netter from old friend Dennis Wideman with 26.1 seconds to play in the third period.

Mayock: If I'm Cleveland, I'd be 'stoked' to land Garoppolo for No. 12 pick

Mayock: If I'm Cleveland, I'd be 'stoked' to land Garoppolo for No. 12 pick

NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock quarterbacked a marathon conference call with reporters from around the country on Monday in order to shed some light on the prospects who will compete at the combine later this week. One thing that stood out? He's not ready to crown anyone in this year's crop of draftable signal-callers.

As a result of the dearth of pro-ready talent at quarterback, Mayock recognized Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo as perhaps the top target for any quarterback-needy team. Garoppolo might interest the Cleveland Browns in particular, Mayock noted, because of the number of picks they have near the top of the draft.

"In my opinion," Mayock said, "if I'm the Cleveland Browns and I've got No. 1 and No. 12, if I came away with either [defensive end Myles] Garrett or [defensive tackle] Jonathan Allen at No. 1, and gave up the 12th pick in the draft to get Garoppolo? I would be stoked.

"I would feel like I had a difference-maker on defense and we had a quarterback on offense. Now let's get to work. We got five in the first 65 picks. Let's get to work. From my perspective, especially looking at the quarterbacks this year, if they gave up No. 12 and could get Garoppolo, I'd be all over that."

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while feeling like Warren Beatty took the sneaky way out by handing that wrong Academy Award card to Faye Dunaway last night. Clearly he knew something was amiss and he let her step into it. Kind of a weasel move if you asked me.

-- An interesting letter from FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle about the pay wall involving The Athletic sports website in Toronto.

-- Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings dealing for Ben Bishop is about more than just an insurance policy for Jonathan Quick.

-- FOH Mike Halford has the Minnesota Wild going for it with their trade for Martin Hanzal, but also keeping him from the other teams in the West.

-- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the Penguins are in great shape after winning the Cup last spring, and it’s clear they’re in good hands after Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle opted not to sell the franchise.

-- Kyle Quincey is being held out of the lineup in New Jersey because of pending trades, and the wonder is who else in New Jersey might be getting dealt.

-- Gabriel Landeskog and his Colorado Avalanche teammates know the trade deadline is coming. It would certainly be weird if they didn’t.

-- The San Jose Sharks feel fortunate for the timing of their bye week as it was clear that they needed a break.

-- For something completely different: Gronk was busy doing Gronk things at the Daytona 500 over the weekend.