BRUINS 18-4-3 (39 pts) VS CAPITALS 11-14-1 (23 pts)
3:45 p.m. - Postgame Snapshots: BOS 4, WSH 1
B's Win Two Straight: The Bruins have now won two in a row with this afternoon's 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. The Bruins have a quick turnaround and will play the Penguins in less than 24 hours in Pittsburgh with puck drop scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
Khudobin Earns Fifth Win: With today's performance against the Capitals, Khudobin earns his fifth win of the season and first career win against the Capitals. Khudobin remained composed throughout the game and stopped 32 of 33 shots.
McQuaid and Hendricks FIght: Intially, Shawn Thornton wanted to go with Matt Hendricks, but Hendricks decided to battle Adam McQuaid instead. McQuaid and Hendricks wasted no time throwing a heated exchange of punches. McQuaid was able to land a few good shots to take down Hendricks, prompting the referees to pull the two apart.
Krejci Hits Milestone: With David Krejci's assist on the Rich Peverley goal in the third period, Krejci notches his 300th NHL point. Krejci had one goal and two assists in today's game and was tied for a team-high three points with Milan Lucic (0-3=3) and Nathan Horton (1-2=3).
Lucic's Single Game Career-High: Milan Lucic set a single game career-high assist total in today's game with three.
PP Goal for B's: At 2:32 into the third period, Washington's Jack Hillen was sent to the box for slashing. Just eight second into the power play chance for the B's, Rich Peverley was able able to hammer a puck in on the doorstep to give him his fourth goal of the year, putting the B's up 4-1. Earning assists on the play were David Krejci and Milan Lucic.
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Next Game: The Bruins are back in action on tomorrow in Pittsburgh in a rematch against the Penguins who they played just six days earlier. Puck drop is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET.
2:50 p.m. - 2nd Intermission Snapshots: BOS 3, WSH 1
Horton and Hendricks Square Off: Eight seconds after Marchand and Robeiro fought, 6'2'', 229-pound Nathan Horton and 6'0'', 211-pound Matt Hedricks threw down in a much shorter bout after the two had been battling throughout the period. Hendricks landed a punch that looks like it may have cut Horton in the bout that happened right in front of the Bruins bench. Horton now has a Gordie Howe hat trick in tonight's game with a fight, a goal and an assist.
Marchand Fights: A "light" heavyweight bout took place between 5'9'', 183-pound Brad Marchand and 6'0'', 177-pound Mike Ribeiro with 18 second remaining in the second period. It was a spirited bout between the two with Marchand landing a good uppercut and Robeiro's helmet off before the refs separated the two, with the "Little Balll of Hate" earning the decision.
Khudobin Stops 14: Khudobin gave the B's another strong period only allowing one hard-luck goal that ricocheted off teammate Johnny Boychuk's skate from a David Krejci pass. Khudobin made 14 saves in the second period, helping the B's preserve a 3-1 lead over the Caps going into the third. One notable save was on Backstrom, as Khudobin robbed him with a glove save in the blue paint.
McQuaid for Roughing: At 10:43, McQuaid was sent to the box for roughing, after Hendricks and the Caps were agitating some more in close to Khudobin. A scuffle ensued, but only McQuaid was sent to the box, putting the B's on the PK for the second time in today's game. The B's were able to successfully kill of the penalty and make it 24 consecutive penalty kills without allowing a goal.
Ference Scores: At 18:02 into the second period, Andrew Ference scored his first goal of the season with great puck movement from Nathan Horton and David Krejci to set it up. Krejci started with the puck on the play and threw a slick pass to Horton, who set up Ference at the top of the left circle to make it 3-1. The play was with 4-on-4 in the O-zone, but McQuaid and Hendricks came out of the box and were looking to go, just as Krejci scored. Horton now has three points in today's game (1-2=3) and Krejci has two (1-1=2).
McQuaid and Hendricks to the Box: At 16:01, McQuaid stepped in between Horton and Hendricks who were engaging in a shoving match after a play stoppage, after Ference had initially stepped in. McQuaid and Hendricks wanted to battle one another, but the referees stepped in between and sent both players to the box for roughing for two minutes. The two wanted to drop the gloves once the penalty expired but the B's scored the moment they both left the box and the referees escorted them each away from one another. As a side note, there has been been plenty of extra-curricular activity following several whistles throughout the second period.
B's Extend PK Streak, But Give Up Goal: The Bruins were able to kill the remaining 1:15 on the Krejci inference penalty from the first period. With that kill, the B's extended their streak, however, when Krejci attempted to clear the puck out of the Bruins zone, the puck took a friendly bounce for the Capitals off Boychuk's skate to get past Khudobin to make it a one goal game. Washington's Marcus Johanssen was credited with the goal, as he was the closest Capitals players to the puck before the goal was scored.
1:44 p.m. - 1st Intermission Snapshots: BOS 2, WSH 0
B's on the PK: The Bruins will start the second period with 1:15 remaining on the penalty kill with Krejci going to the box for interference at 19:15 into the first, after putting pressure on Nicklas Backstrom. Coming into today, the B's have killed 22 straight penalties without allowing a goal.
Krejci Connects: At 17:15 into the first, David Krejci put the B's up 2-0, netting his seventh goal of the year. Lucic's aggressive forecheck this game has led to two goals by the Bruins. Andrew Ference started the rush up ice, and Horton dumped the puck into the left corner, where Lucic easily won the puck battle. He then sent a pass to the front of the net to Krejci who one-timed it past Neuvirth. Lucic earns his second assist of the game on the play for his 12th of the season and Horton tallied his seventh helper of the year. Both Lucic and Horton now have multi-point games.
Horton Scores - Nathan Horton started the play that led to his goal by dumping a puck into the Capitals zone, after Zdeno Chara sent the puck up ice. Milan Lucic hustled in down the left wing, won the race to the puck and swung around the Washington goal to deliver a perfect pass to Horton who was streaking down the middle. Horton immediately shot the puck from the slot to put it past Neuvirth and give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. That goal is Horton's eighth of the year and Milan Lucic's 11th assist. Chara earned his 13th assist of the year and extends his point streak to four games (2-2=4). The B's have now scored first in six out of their past seven
Khudobin Starting Strong: Head Coach Claude Julien gave B's netminder Anton Khudobin the nod for today's game, marking his first career start versus the Washington Capitals. Khudobin was perfect for the B's in the first, turning aside all eight shots form the Washington Capitals.
Jump Start: Nathan Horton, prior to scoring, started the game out strong, when he delivered a hard, clean hit on Eric Fehr in the offesnive zone. A sure sign that Horton was in the game and ready to go - and he was rewarded later in the period with his first goal in the past eight games.
Cheers for Adam Oates: Former Bruins player and now Washington Capitals Head Coach Adam Oates received a standing ovation from the TD Garden crowd and gave wave of appreciation. Oates was named the Head Coach of the Capitals and inducted into the Hall of Fame the same day on June 27, 2012. The former Bruin suited up in the spoked-B from 1991-97.
12:45 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs WSH
MATCHUP: The Bruins will aim to win two in a row in today's matinee tilt against the Washington Captials. In their last meeting, the B's lost in overtime on an acrobatic Eric Fehr game-winning goal.
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Khudobin (4-2-0, 2.52 GAA, .910 Save %) vs. Neuvirth (2-4-1, 2.86 GAA, .900 Save %). This will be Khudobin’s first career start against Washington. Neuvirth is 1-2-0 with a 3.53 GAA and .841 Save % in five career games against Boston.
B’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY JERSEYS: The Boston Bruins will be sporting their St. Patrick’s Day jerseys for warm ups before today’s game. The player worn jerseys will be auctioned off at the Boston Bruins Foundation table located in Loge 4 during the game. The themed jerseys are also available at the Bruins Pro Shop for purchase.
GAME CHANGE FOR MARCH 31: The time of the Bruins vs. Buffalo game on Sunday, March 31, has been changed from 7:00 p.m. ET to 7:30 p.m. ET.
BRUINS SIGN FALLSTROM: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, March 16, that the club has signed forward Alexander Fallstrom to an entry-level contract. In 32 games this year with the Harvard Crimson (ECAC), Fallstrom has registered nine goals and 12 assists. Fallstrom is tied for second in goals and assists with the Crimson, and leads the team in points (21). The winger has skated in 113 games at the ECAC level, compiling 33 goals and 37 assists good for 70 points.
BRUINS VS CAPITALS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Capitals will meet for the 141st time today with the B’s holding a 73-39-21-7 record and a 475-388 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 40-18-9-3 in 70 games at home with a 244-185 scoring edge in those contests. The Capitals defeated the Bruins in their first meeting of the 2013 season, a 4-3 overtime win in Washington.
BRUINS PK: The Bruins have killed off their last 22 penalties coming into today’s game with their last power play goal allowed on March 3 against the Montreal Canadiens. This is the B’s third streak of 20-plus straight kills this season. (24, Jan. 19 - 29; 27, Feb. 6 – 28).
POINT-PER-GAME SUCCESS: Patrice Bergeron has a point-per-game average when playing against the Capitals, netting six goals and 21 assists through 27 games (27 points).
STREAKING: Zdeno Chara currently rides a three-game point streak registering two goals and three assists during that span.
THIRD JERSEYS: The Bruins will wear their third uniform system today for the fifth time this season. Boston is yet to lose in regulation when donning their alternate sweaters, holding a 3-0-1 record in four games.
BOS: PP: 12-for-75 (16.0%, 20th NHL), PK: 90-for-97 (92.8%, 1st NHL)
WSH: PP: 22-for-87 (25.3%, 2nd NHL), PK: 78-for-101 (77.2%, 28th NHL).