Game Review (Tuesday, 5 January 2016)
The Washington Capitals played the Boston Bruins before a sold out crowd. The first period started off with three shots and two good hits by the Caps. The third period ended with the Caps getting back on the winning train before heading to New York to face the Islanders and the Rangers.
Ryan Stanton and Michael Latta were healthy scratches for the game, in Latta’s place was #49 Stanislav Galiev who had no shots and ended the game with a -1. There was a lot of line juggling, especially in the second period when Marcus Johansson was missing from the ice for a period of time.
The Capitals went on the penalty kill early in the game due to a weird interference penalty called on Karl Alzner but managed to keep the Bruins from capitalizing. Then Bruin Zac Rinaldo leaves his feet and hits Tom Wilson hard from behind. No penalty on the hit but Jason Chimera is assessed a two-minute roughing penalty.
Andre Burakovsky, from a beautiful pass by Evgeny Kuznetsov gave the Caps a 1-0 lead 15:01 into the first period. Kuznetsov is a master of passes, he just puts the puck right in the sweet spot and various Caps players have benefited from it.
Zach Sill threw a questionable hit on Adam McQuaid, causing trainers to rush to the ice. McQuaid was able to get up and leave the ice on his own power. McQuaid did not return to the game and hopefully he is okay. At 12:40 into the second period, while on power play, Evgeny Kuznetsov did what Evgeny Kuznetsov does and scores, Caps up 2-0.
Loui Eriksson put the Bruins on the board at the 15:26 mark of the second period, Caps up 2-1. Then 10:41 into the third period, Marcus Johansson scored one of his own and the Caps are up 3-1.
Patrice Bergeron would cut the Caps lead back to one, 3-2, on a Bruins power play at the 11:52 mark. Braden Holtby made some great saves late in the period to secure the win. Caps stop their losing streak at two games and pass the Dallas Stars (28-10-4, 60 points) for first overall place in the league with a record of 29-7-3, 61 points.
Marcus Johansson earned his 10th goal of the season, joining six other players on the team as double digit scorers. No other team in the NHL has as many goal scorers with 10 or more goals. Additionally, th is MoJo’s sixth game winning goal of the seaons and is second in the league only to Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks. “It’s always fun to score,” he said after the game.
Thu Jan 7, 2016 Capitals Islanders, 7:00 PM CSN-DC, TVAS, SN360
Sat Jan 9, 2016 Capitals Rangers, 1:00 PM CSN-DC, SNE, SNO, SNP
Written by Renee Garces
Photos by Brittney Marcum