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.