Bruins 4, Capitals 1: Boston Downs Washington, Snaps Two-Game Skid
Brad Marchand, Patric Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley all scored as the Boston Bruins snapped their two-game losing skid with a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Super Bowl Sunday in Washington D.C.
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Boston avoided just its second three-game losing streak of the year with a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Washington, D.C.
Each of Boston's leading scorers netted goals for the Black and Gold as the Bruins won for just the second time in their last five games, avenging a 5-3 defeat at Washington just two weeks earlier.
Milan Lucic got the scoring started early for Boston and Brad Marchand followed up later in the first period. The goals were the 19th for each Boston forward, but the team leader quickly earned back the top spot when Tyler Seguin netted his 20th goal at 6:38 of the third period.
Both Boston and Washington played Saturday afternoon. From the looks of things in the first period, the Caps must have tried an awful lot harder yesterday, because Boston dominated play in the first period, and goals by Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand have the Bruins up 2-0 after 20 minutes of play.
Adam McQuaid and Matt Hendricks dropped the gloves in the waning minutes of the period, but Hendricks got booked for an extra two minutes for instigating, and Boston will be left with 46 seconds of power play time heading into the second period.
Tim Thomas got the start for the second straight game, and he's been strong in net, including making one great save on an Alexander Semin breakaway in the last few minutes of the period.
Alexander Ovechkin leads Washington with three shots on goal, while Tyler Seguin has 4 SOG and Jordan Caron has three for the Bruins.
Event: Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals Date/Time: Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 12:30 p.m. EDT. Location: Verizon Center (Capacity: 18,506), Washington, D.C. Broadcast Info: Sunday's game between the Bruins and the Penguins will be broadcast live on NBC Sports. The game can also be heard on 100.7 FM WZLX, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.
Last Time Out: For only the third time this season, the Bruins went out and lost two games in row after falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon, 2-1.
Evgeni Malkin and Matt Cooke took center stage for the Penguins, each netting a goal, while Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo was the only one in Black and Gold that could find the back of the net.
Of the 29 Bruins shots on net, the defense made up 20 of those, including seven from Johnny Boychuk. Meanwhile the first line consisting of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Rich Peverley did not record a single shot on net during the afternoon.
The Capitals don’t have it any easier, as they also played Saturday afternoon up in Montreal. Though they took a 3-0 win, they still had to travel back down to Washington D.C. the same day and prepare for the Bruins this afternoon.
Storyline: The last time these two teams met was back on January 24, when the Bruins took a 5-3 loss just a day after they traveled to the White House to meet President Obama, but the last game before the All Star Break.
Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley each found a goal, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Capitals at bay, even without Alex Ovechkin in the lineup.
Mathieu Perreault recorded a hat trick in that game, including the game-winning goal in the third period.
Both teams have two losses since that game, and both teams could use a little bit of a pickup going into the month of February. The Bruins have only lost two games in a row three times this season, and only three games in a row once--back in October.
Players To Watch: At this point, one member from the Bruins team is going to have to step up. It’s clear that the team is missing forward Nathan Horton, but they look a little lost out front. Someone needs to start making plays to get the ball rolling.
For Capitals and Bruins fans alike, Dennis Wideman surprisingly is one to watch this game. In the last game against the Bruins, he scored (albeit an empty netter), but this All Star has been making a name for himself in Washington D.C. He scored a goal against Montreal yesterday, and has 10 goals so far this season--two more than any Bruins defenseman at this point.
Prediction: The Bruins showed that they need something to spark the team and get them back on track. With Tuukka Rask most likely in net, it will take a strong outing from him, and some much needed excitement from the locker room for the B’s to come out with a win. Final Score: Bruins 3, Capitals 2.
The Bruins are looking to put their losing trend to a screeching halt--but they have to find a way past the Washington Capitals to keep from losing their third straight for just the second time this season.