BRUINS FALL TO CAPS: The Bruins lose for the second consecutive game, this time by a score of 4-0 at the hands of the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. The Bruins will look to turn things around in an afternoon matchup against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday here in Boston.
QUIET SO FAR: Thus far the Bruins and Capitals have been quiet in the third period as Washington maintains their 3-0 lead. The Caps have just one shot in the third, while the B's have put five shots on net. Just under 10 minutes remain in the third.
POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
UPCOMING GAME: The Bruins will take on Jarome Iginla and the Colorado Avalanche on Monday in the Bruins first matinee game of the season at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.
8:35 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 0 WSH 3
CHARA CHARGED FOR ROUGHING, CAPS SCORE: With 10:01 to go in the second period, Bruins' Captain Zdeno Chara was slapped with a roughing penalty, putting the Bruins PK back to work. 35 second into the Washington power play, the Capitals made it 3-0 when Mike Green connected on a backdoor pass form the faceoff circle for his first goal of the campaign.
BERGERON LINE CHANCE: The line composed of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith generated a solid chance approximately four minutes into the second period when Smith, from behind the Caps net, found Bergeron in the slot for a one-timer, but Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, who has played very solid thus far, was able to make the stop, keeping the Bruins scoreless.
7:46 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, WSH 2
BRUINS TO BEING THE SECOND PERIOD ON THE PP: The Bruins wills start the second period on the power play following a Andre Burakovsky tripping penalty on Loui Eriksson in the Capials zone. Despite outshooting the Capitals 14-7, the B' find themselves trailing 2-0 heading into the second frame of action.BRUINS DRAW A PENALTY:
OVECHKIN STRIKES AGAIN: Alexander Ovechkin doubled down on the Black & Gold, finishing a perfect backhanded pass from Nicklas Backstrom which found Ovechkin in the slot. The goal is his second of the game and season. Backstrom and Ovechkin now have multiple point games.
ROBINS CALLED FOR KNEEING, CAPS SCORE: With 8:42 to go in the first period Bruins, forward Bobby Robins was called for kneeing and was immediately confronted by Capitals' forward Michael Latta. It was a good bout and after the two exchanged a few quick fists Robins earned the takedown. That marks the second career NHL fighting major for Robins. Eight seconds into the Bruins PK, following the Robins penalty, Alex Ovechkin got the Capitals on the board for his first goal of the season on a slapshot from the left faceoff dot that beat Tuukka Rask, blocker-side. The goal marks the 423 goal of his career. Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson are credited with the assists for their first helpers of the season on the play.
With 13:43 left in the first period, the Bruins were awarded a two-minute man advantage when Washington's Mike Green was called for interference on Reilly Smith as the B's were entering the Capitals' end of the ice. The Bruins were able to generate a couple chances with Ryan Spooner and Torey Krug both putting a few shots on net, but the Caps were able to weather the storm and escape the penalty unscathed.
SEIDENBERG CALLED FOR TRIPPING: 2:03 into the first period, Dennis Seidenberg was whistled for tripping on Marcus Johansson in the B's zone, sending the Black & Gold on the penalty kill for the first time in the contest. About a minute into the kill, goaltender Tuukka Rask defended a barrage of jabs on the doorstep, but was able to cover the puck up to keep the Caps scoreless. The B's were able to kill off the remainder of the two-minute minor, remaining perfect on the season on the PK (4-4).
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. WSH
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (1-1-0, 1.53 GAA, .932 Save %) vs. Holtby (0-0-1, 0.92 GAA, .958 Save %). In seven career games against Washington, Rask has a 1-3-3 record with a 2.99 GAA & .891 save % with one shutout. In six career games against Boston, Holtby has compiled a 4-2-0 record with a 2.49 GAA & .930 save %.
‘LITTLE BRUINS’ PRES. BY FRIENDLY’S EQUIPMENT FITTING EVENT ON 10/12: The Bruins “Little Bruins” Learn to Play Hockey program presented by Friendly’s will kick-off with the Little Bruins Equipment Fitting at MonkeySports in Norwood on Sunday, October 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Over 500 children between the ages of five and eight will be at the event to get a professional fitting from a MonkeySports staff member for full head-to-toe CCM equipment.
BOSTON VS. WASHINGTON LIFETIME: The Bruins and Capitals are meeting for their 146th time in their franchise histories with the Bruins having a 76-40-21-8 record and a 490-398 scoring advantage in those games. The Bruins are 42-19-9-3 in their 73 games of this lifetime series in Boston with a 253-190 scoring edge in those contests. The Bruins are 3-1-3 in their last seven contests against the Capitals with their lone regulation loss in that span a 4-2 setback in Boston on March 1 of last season.
STAYING POSITIVE: Patrice Bergeron’s +93-rating and Brad Marchand’s +90-rating over the last three seasons are the NHL’s best over that span… Zdeno Chara’s career plus/minus currently sits at +188, which is the best of active defensemen and is sixth overall among all active players.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Patrice Bergeron is three points shy of his 500th NHL point entering tonight and is two points from tying Adam Oates for 13th place on the team’s all-time scoring list at 499 points… Milan Lucic comes into this evening two points shy of his 300th NHL/Bruins point, while Dennis Seidenberg enters two points short of his 200th NHL point.
214 AND COUNTING: The Boston Bruins have reached 214 straight regular season and playoff game sellouts, including last Wednesday’s sellout against Flyers in their home opener. This sellout streak began 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: Marcus Johansson enters tonight two assists shy of 100 NHL/Capitals assists…Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has amassed a 19-5-3 record in Saturday games with five shutouts, a 2.18 GAA and .929 save percentage… The Capitals PK went five-for-five against Montreal on Thursday and have now killed 15 consecutive penalties dating back to last season… Alex Ovechkin ranks fifth in NHL history in goals per game at .621 (min. 300 games played).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 1-for-2 (50.0%), Bruins penalty kill: 3-for-3 (100.0%)… Capitals power play: 0-for-5 (0.00%), Capitals penalty kill: 5-for-5 (100.0%).