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.