BRUINS 28-13-5 (61 pts) vs CAPITALS 26-18-3 (55 pts)
9:40 p.m. - Overtime Snapshots: WSH 3, BOS 2
Fehr Ends It: The Capitals came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Bruins in overtime. The league's leading power play team scored all three of their goals on the night on the man-advantage. The overtime winner came after Zdeno Chara was called for hooking at 1:40 of the extra time, after the B's had gotten a few looks on a 4-on-3 PP of their own. Mike Green let go a one-timer from the left point that hit off of Rask and trickled into the crease. Eric Fehr was there to deposit the rebound into the net and win it for Washington. The Bruins hopes of winning the Northeast Division are alive because they took away a point. Montreal ended its regular season tonight with a 4-1 win over Toronto, and the Bruins will have to pull out a win over Ottawa on Sunday to take home the division title.
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Next Game: The Bruins are back in action tomorrow in Boston to play their final game of the regular season against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
9:33 p.m. - 3rd Period Snapshots: BOS 2, WSH 2Bruins to the PP:
Tyler Seguin was hooked down by Mike Green at 18:21 to put the Bruins on a four-on-three power play with Marchand and Ovechkin still in the box. The Bruins called a timeout after the penalty. Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin both had opportunities off slap shots during the man advantage, in which the Bruins controlled the puck much of the PP. Twenty one seconds remained on the power play heading to OT.
Marchand and Ovechkin Tussle:
With 2:33 remaining in the third, Brad Marchand and Alexander Ovechkin got into it after the whistle. The two had been at it with each other for much of the shift and both were sent off for roughing after a bigger scrum ensued when Zdeno Chara pummeled Nicklas Backstrom into the boards to the right of Tuukka Rask. The glass was dislodged and caused a short delay. Kaspars Daugavins and John Carlson also engaged in a bit of a shouting match.
Back on the Kill:
The Bruins were called for a third straight penalty when Adam McQuaid was called for interference at 8:13. The B's killed the penalty after allowing two straight power play goals to the Caps. Boston is two for four on the PK for the game.
Caps' defenseman Mike Green scored another power play goal to tie the score at two at 7:21 of the third. Rich Peverley was called for a trip at 6:27 and just under a minute into the advantage, Green took a pass from Mike Ribeiro and let a one-timer fly from the top of the slot that beat Rask blocker side.
Caps Score on the Power Play:
At 5:11 into the third period, Adam McQuaid was called for tripping, putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time tonight. About 20 seconds into the power play, Mike Green connected on his 11th goal of the season from the top of the right faceoff circle to cut the Bruins lead in half.
8:08 p.m. - 2nd Period Snapshots: BOS 2, WSH 0
Another Scoreless Period: Rask made nine more saves in the second to keep the Capitals off the board. Rask has now held opposing teams scoreless in eight straight periods in which he has been the starter, dating back to the start of the Florida game on April 21. Rask came in in relief for Anton Khudobiin on April 23 against Philadelphia and allowed two goals.
Chara to the Box: Zdeno Chara went to the penalty box at 17:15 of the second period. After having the puck skip over his stick, Marcus Johansson scooted past him and began to break towards the net, but Chara hooked him down to the ice. The B's were able to kill the penalty on the Caps' first PP opportunity of the night. Tuukka Rask made a number of key saves on the kill, turning away a shot from Nicklas Backstrom and a big-time slapper from Mike Green. Rich Peverley nearly had a shorthanded breakaway, but Alexander Oveckin caught him and broke up the play, just before Peverley could fire off a shot. The Bruins have now killed nine straight in their past for games, after an uncharacteristic stretch of allowing two goals in three straight games.
Ference Puts B's up 2-0: At 7:49 into the second period, Andrew Ference gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead with a wrist shot from in between the top of the two faceoff circles in the Washington zone after being the trailer on the rush up ice. Milan Lucic started the play by driving to the net (and bringing a papertrail of Capitals with him), creating space for Ference to work with to put his bid past Holtby. That goal marks Ference's fourth goal of the year, with Lucic and Rich Peverley earning assists for their 19th and 12th respectively.
B's Power Play: At 2:56 into the second period, Washington's Jason Chimera was called for holding and sent to the box to put the Bruins on the power play for the first time tonight. Boston came into tonight 17-for-118 (14.9%, 27th NHL) on the power play against the Capitals' penalty kill, which is 125-for-161 (77.6%, 28th NHL). The Bruins were unable to sustain pressure to get any scoring opportunities, though Tyler Seguin had a chance from his spot at the left faceoff circle right off the bat, and the Capitals were able to kill off their 126th penalty of the year.
7:40 p.m. - 1st Period Snapshots: BOS 1, WSH 0
Rask Solid Again: Tuukka Rask continued his strong play, keeping the Capitals off the board by stopping all 12 shots that came his way. Rask's best save came just prior to the Bruins' goal when Marcus Johansson broke through the B's defensemen after a collision by Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara in the slot. Johansson flipped a backhand on Rask, but No. 40 turned it away to keep Washington off the board. Rask is coming off of his fifth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at TD Garden.
Lucic Scores: At 9:59 into the first period, Milan Lucic gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead after ripping a wrister that deflected off Caps' defenseman Karl Alzner's skate and past Holtby. The goal was Lucic's seventh of the season. David Krejci earned the assist on the play (23rd of the season) after winning the faceoff directly back to Lucic prior to the goal. The last time we saw Lucic score off that set play was on February 24 in Florida. It marked No. 17's first goal in five games and second in just 13, but coming off his physical game against Tampa Bay, 'Looch' will certainly build more confidence in his game from finding the back of the net tonight.
B's Getting Outshot: With 14:19 remaining the first period, the Bruins were being outshot by the Capitals 7-2. The Bruins two shots came from defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid from the perimeter, that the Capitals goaltender, Braden Holtby, was able to stone. The B's rebounded over the remainder of the period, taking a 1-0 lead, but the Caps came away with a 12-8 shot edge after one.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (19-9-1, 2.32 GAA, .920 Save %) vs. Holtby (22-12-1, 2.61 GAA, .919 Save %). Rask is 0-2-2 with a 3.58 GAA and .868 Save % in four career game against Washington. Holtby is 2-0-0 with a 2.54 GAA and .919 Save % in three career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS CAPITALS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Capitals will meet for the 142nd time tonight with the B’s holding a 74-39-21-7 record with a 479-389 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 33-21-12-4 in 70 games in Washington with the Bruins holding 231-203 scoring edge. In their last 10 games, the Bruins are 5-3-2 against Washington.
FACEOFF LEADERS: Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron comes into tonight leading the NHL in faceoff percentage, winning puck drops at a 61.8% rate. As a team, Boston leads the NHL as well in faceoff percentage at 56.5%. There have only been seven games this season where the Bruins have recorded less than a 50% mark in faceoffs this season.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Jay Pandolfo currently sits one game shy of his 900th NHL game.
SOMETHING HOT BRUIN: As the Bruins head into their last two games of the regular season, the B’s have several players with a hot hand. Dennis Seidenberg has been playing especially well of late, notching five points (1-4=5) in his last nine games, including a goal against Tampa Bay on Thursday night. Daniel Paille has been a consistent contributor, registering four goals and two assists in his last 10 contests, giving him 10 goals for the season, which is the fourth time Paille has reached that mark and the first time since the 2009-10 season. Brad Marchand has continued his success as the Black & Gold approach the playoffs, tallying 3-1=4 totals in three of his last four games with 4-2=6 totals in his last seven. Tyler Seguin continues to build momentum with just two games remaining in the regular season, having registered 4-2=6 totals in his last eight games. Bruins forward Gregory Campbell has demonstrated some offensive prowess of late, accumulating two goals and four assists in his last nine games played. Finally, Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton, has shown his offensive touch providing the puck logistics to earn himself two assists in the last three games.
CAPITALS NOTEBOOK: The Capitals clinched their sixth-straight playoff berth on April 23 vs. Winnipeg, marking the longest streak of playoff appearances in franchise history since their 14-straight postseason trips from the 1982-83 season through 1995-96…Alex Ovechkin leads the league in goals scored with 32 and has recorded 23 goals and 11 assists in his last 22 games played…Nicklas Backstrom has recorded two goals and 15 assists in 12 games during the month of April. Backstrom currently ranks third in the NHL in assists (40) and ninth in points (48). Since his rookie season in 2007-08, only four players have tallied more helpers than Backstrom’s 306 career assists.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 17-for-118 (14.9%, 27th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 138-for-156 (88.5%, 1st NHL)… Capitals power play: 41-for-159 (25.8%, 1st NHL), Capitals penalty kill: 125-for-161 (77.6%, 28th NHL).