Capitals 4, Bruins 3: Boston Falls To Washington; Win Streak Snapped At Two

The Boston Bruins could not further their win streak past two, as they were defeated by the Washington Capitals by a score of 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden in Boston, MA.

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Bruins Overtime: B's Stage Late Rally, But Can't Overcome Caps In 4-3 Loss

The Bruins' hopes of creating their first three game winning streak of the calendar year were dashed on Saturday afternoon by the visiting Washington Capitals, as they fell 4-3 on home ice.

Powered by two goals in each of the first two periods, the Capitals received contributions from every corner of their lineup during Saturday's vitally important victory. In the first, it was Alex Semin and Matt Hendricks who would give Washington an early 2-0 lead.

The B's would fight back late in the period after Claude Julien made perfect use of his timeout, accounting for 10 of the game's next 11 shots on goal.

"That’s not the start we wanted, as soon as we called the timeout it was like night and day. We realize that we are going to play and once we realized that I thought we played good hockey." -- Johnny Boychuk

Boston would finally get on the board with only five seconds left in the opening frame, when a Milan Lucic wrister snuck through Tomas Vokoun. With all the momentum on their side, the B's would even the score at around the five minute mark of the second when Brad Marchand capitalized on a breakway chance after some tough forechecking from Jordan Caron.

“Jordan made a great play to force Ovechkin and make him throw the puck away, it kind of bounced of the defenseman’s shin pad in open ice and I went in and tried to make a move, the five-hole opened up and I slid it in.” -- Brad Marchand

Unfortunately for the 17,565 Black and Gold supporters that packed into TD Garden on Saturday, the Caps would quickly recover, adding two more goals (Jay Beagle, Brooks Laich) before the buzzer sounded to end the second period.

The B's would once again take control during the third and final period, outshooting the Capitals by a 13-2 margin. However, the Bruins were only able to tickle the twine once in the third, falling just short in a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Capitals.

The Black and Gold will be back at it tomorrow afternoon with a showdown in Pittsburgh against Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins.

"I mean they’re still a great team (without Sidney Crosby) They have a lot of depth even with him out of the lineup. They’re right there in the standings – it’s another team that we could face in the playoffs as well." -- Mike Mottau

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Bruins Vs. Capitals Final: B's Fall Short On Home Ice As Caps Come Through With 4-3 Road Victory

On Saturday afternoon, the Boston bruins were unable to improve on their recent two-game winning streak when they fell 4-3 to the Washington Capitals on home-ice at the TD Garden.

The Caps jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage after a pair of quick goals from Alex Semin and former Bruins' prospect Matt Hendricks. Boston bench boss Claude Julien opted to take his timeout after the second Washington tally, in hopes of reversing his team's fortunes.

The B's would use a solid effort towards the end of the first and early in the second to even the score thanks to the 23rd goal of the season for both Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.

However, some ill-advised penalties and defensive lapses would doom the Bruins from then on. The Caps would quickly add two more to the score sheet before the teams went to the rooms for the second intermission, courtesy of markers from fourth line pivot Jay Beagle and dependable centerman Brooks Laich.

Boston would answer back with 3:13 to play in the game when Johnny Boychuk pushed home a rebound to get the B's back to within a goal.

Unfortunately, the B's could not come through with a tying tally in the game's final moments.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals Score Update: Strong Second Gives Caps 4-2 Lead To Begin The Third

In what was certainly an odd sequence of events, the second period would end up nearly identical as the first. This time, with Boston holding the early edge and Washington finishing strong.

Boston would jump out to a hot start, keeping the pressure on the Caps’ end for almost the entire first half of the period. Just prior to the five minute mark, the red-hot Jordan Caron would disrupt an Alex Ovechkin up-ice rush and deflect the puck to a streaking Brad Marchand. Marchand would take advantage of the break, beating Vokoun five hole to even the score at two a piece.

Things then turned ugly for a Boston team that would finish the frame by taking three ill-advised penalties, including a two-minute minor for unsportsmanlike conduct (David Krejci). The Caps would regain the lead at the 11:22 mark when Jay Beagle fired one past Tim Thomas after an unfortunate mishap behind the net between Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid. Just five minutes later, Washington would extend their lead when Brooks Laich redirected a Dennis Wideman pass into the Boston net with only three seconds left on the Caps’ third power-play of the period.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals Score Update: Lucic Scores Late, Caps Take 2-1 Lead After First

On Saturday afternoon, the Boston Bruins looked to improve on their recent two-game winning streak when they welcomed Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals to town for a showdown at the TD Garden.

Things didn’t begin well for the Black and Gold as the Caps took control of the play for the first half of the game’s opening frame. Washington jumped ahead 1-0 at the 7:50 mark when Russian enigma Alexander Semin corralled a Karl Alzner rebound and shoveled it into an open goal.

A mere twenty-five seconds later, things would go from bad to worse for Boston as the Capitals would add another tally to make it 2-0 only eight minutes into the game. It was former Bruins’ prospect Matt Hendricks who would out-work two B’s defenseman in front of goaltender Tim Thomas and poke home his 4th of the season.

After playing a spectacular first period, Caps' netminder Tomas Vokoun let a Milan Lucic wrister slip through the wickets with only five seconds left on the clock. Lucic's 23rd of the season would cut the deficit to one as the teams made their way to the dressing rooms.

Washington accounted for 12 of the game’s first 15 shots on goal, but the B’s were able to pick up some steam towards the end of the frame, registering 10 of the final 11 shots on net.

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