BOSTON BRUINS (37-16-5) vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS (28-23-9)
3:38 p.m. Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 2, WSH 4
BRUINS FALL TO CAPITALS: The Bruins fell to the Washington Capitals at TD Garden 4-2 on their first game on home ice since the Olympic break. The Black & Gold got offensive output from the Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell but it wasn’t enough as the Bruins fail to collect a win on their second straight game. The Bruins are back in action on Sunday against the Rangers in New York City at Madison Square Garden. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
FEHR SCORES ON A BREAKAWAY: Washington re-upped their lead when Eric Fehr tipped away a puck from the Bruins, yeilding a breakaway through the neutral zone and into the B's territory. Fehr was able to beat Tuukka Rask five-hole for his 10th goal of the year, making it 4-2 with under 10 minutes to go in the game.
MARCHY SENT TO THE SIN BIN: Brad Marchand was sent to the sin in at 5:04 into the third period for high-sticking, sending the red hot Washington power play back to work. With 1:10 to go in the man-advantage Rask came up with a monster glove-save on Troy Brouwer who has stick handled his way through the Black & Gold defense to create a tremendous scoring chance. Ultimately the B’s were able to kill of the Marchand infraction with 12:56 to go in the third period of play.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Sunday against the Rangers in New York City at Madison Square Garden. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
2:35 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, WSH 3
MERLOT LINE COMES THROUGH: With 2:28 to go in the second period the Merlot line cut the Capitals lead to one, when Shawn Thornton executed a perfect pass to a crashing Gregory Campbell, who was able to redirect it past Holtby. The goal mark’s Soupy’s fourth goal of the year with Thornton earning his second assist, along with Paille, who tacks on his sixth.
BRUINS GET ON THE BOARD: Washington’s Jason Chimera was called for tripping on Jarome Iginla giving the Bruins a power play opportunity that they wasted no time converting on. The play was set up by Dougie Hamilton who controlled the puck up the right wing, who dished it to Patrice Bergeron streaking through the middle. Bergeron was able to beat Braden Holtby to cut the lead to 3-1 at 10:54 into the frame. The goal is Bergeron’s 17th of the season with Hamilton getting his ninth assist of the year. Credited with the secondary helper on the play was Reilly Smith, who was responsible for getting the puck to Hamilton in stride, for his 26th assist.
CAPS GO UP 3-0: With 9:47 to go in the second period, Joel Ward picked off a Johnny Boychuk pass shortly after a center ice face-off and was able to split the retreating defense yielding a one-on-once scoring chance with Rask he was able to deke and convert on. The goal marks wards 18 tally of the year.
OVECHKIN POTS ANOTHER POWER PLAY GOAL: Matt Bartkowski was called for tripping 47 seconds into the second period, putting the Bruins down a man for the third time today. For the second consecutive power play Alex Ovechkin scored for the Caps, rifling an uncontested pin-point laser past Rask from the left faceoff circle to give Washington a 2-0 lead early in the second period.
1:45 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, WSH 1
OVECHKIN SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY: With 1:48 to go in the at the end of the first period, Chris Kelly was whistled for interference out in front of the Bruins bench sending the PK unit back to work. This time however, the Washington Capitals were able to convert approximately 20 seconds into the man-advantage when the NHL’s leading goal scorer, Alex Ovechkin, put one past Tuukka Rask to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead. Ovechkin now has 42 goals on the year. His career high goal total came in the 2007-06 season, when he potted 65 goals in 82 games played.
BRUINS GO ON THE POWER PLAY: The Black & Gold were awarded a five-on-three power play opportunity at the 13:03 mark when Washington’s Jay Beagle and Tom Wilson were both whistled for high-sticking. Despite solid puck movement around the Washington zone during the PP, the Capitals penalty kill hunkered down and were able to stifle any chances that Bruins had hoped to generate, escaping the two-man penalty without allowing a goal.
BRUINS GO ON THE PK: With 15:47 to go Carl Soderberg was called for holding the stick putting the Bruins PK to work for the first time in today’s matinee. Goaltender Tuukka Rask set the tone early for the PK, making three timely saves in the first minute of the two-minute minor, keeping the Washington power play scoreless. The final minute of play sold a solid defensive effort in front of Rask, which allowed the Black & Gold to kill off their first infraction of the game without any damage done.
12:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. WSH
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (25-13-4, 2.11 GAA, .928 Save %) vs. Holtby (18-13-2, 2.91 GAA, .912 Save %). Rask is 0-2-3 with a 3.41 GAA and .883 save % in five career games against Washington. Holtby is 3-0-0 with a 2.24 GAA and .930 save percentage in three games against Boston.
BRUINS VS CAPITALS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Capitals will meet for the 143rd time today in their franchise histories. The B’s have compiled a 74-39-21-8 record in those matchups and have outscored Washington, 481-392. The Black & Gold are 41-18-9-3 in their 71 lifetime meetings against the Capitals in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 248-186 in those contests. The Bruins are 6-3-4 in their last 13 games overall against the Capitals and are 3-1-1 in their last five vs. the Caps in Boston.
OLYMPIC MEDALS ON DISPLAY AT TD GARDEN: Throughout the course of today’s game, Patrice Bergeron’s gold medal, Loui Eriksson’s silver medal and Tuukka Rask’s bronze medal will be on display around TD Garden. The medals will first be on display on the West Premium Level in the Sports Museum from pregame until puck drop. The medals will then be moved to Loge Level 4 near section 16 for the remainder of the game.
KREJCI LINE SHINING: The line composed of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla have racked up 36 combined points in their last nine games with Lucic’s 11 (five goals, six assists), Krejci’s 11 (two goals, nine assists) and Iginla’s 15 (four goals, 11 assists).
STREAKING: Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic enter today riding a five-game point streak with Iginla tallying 2-6=8 totals and Lucic notching 3-4=7 totals during that span. Brad Marchand and Torey Krug ride point streaks of their own over the past three games, with Marchand accruing 3-2=5 totals and Krug recording four assists.
MATINEE SUCCESS: The B’s have seen success in their matinee matchups this season, recording an 8-1-1 record in afternoon games. In total, the Bruins will play 17 matinees this year, including three in the month of March.
BACK-TO-BACK ATTACK: The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games this season, including six in the month of March. This far, the Black & Gold have accrued a 7-1-1 record in the first game of a back-to-back set and a 7-2-0 record in the second game.
196 AND COUNTING: Following the Saturday, February 8 game against the Ottawa Senators, the Boston Bruins have sold out 196 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than three years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
CAPITALS NOTEBOOK: Entering today, forward Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL is goals with 41. In 30 lifetime games against the Bruins, Ovechkin has accumulated 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists)… Centerman Nicklas Backstrom has had point-per-game success against Boston, registering four goals and 16 assists in 19 lifetime games against the B’s… Goaltender Braden Holtby is undefeated against the Black & Gold with a 3-0-0 record… Joel Ward enters today one assist shy of 100 NHL assists… Dmitry Orlov needs one more appearance for 100 NHL/Capitals games played.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 36-for-171 (22.4%, 7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 160-for-193 (82.9%, 11th NHL)… Capitals power play: 49-for-219 (22.4%, 2nd NHL), Capitals penalty kill: 179-for-220 (81.4%, T-17th NHL).