The Washington Capitals had simply owned the Boston Bruins. They had not lost to them since March 29, 2014. Since then, which was stretched to four seasons and nearly five, the Caps had won 14 straight against the Bruins. That is the longest active streak in the NHL. The Caps were coming off a thrilling win over the Calgary Flames Friday night with Evgeny Kuznetsov coming through win the game-winner with under a minute left that snapped a seven game winless streak. Washington was hoping to make it two in a row on Super Bowl Sunday in the second game of a season-long six-game home stand. This was the seventh consecutive season the Caps were part of the appetizer before the big game.
The Caps came into Sunday’s game 17-9-2 all-time on Super Bowl Sunday including a home record of 17-8-1-0. For the Bruins fans and Boston sports fans in general, it’s another big day for them. Their New England Patriots will take on the Los Angeles Rams tonight.
The Capitals offense simply couldn’t buy a goal against Tuukka Rask, who stopped all 24 shots he faced to become the Bruins all-time goalie wins leader with 253 in his career as the Bruins defeated the Capitals 1-0.
Braden Holtby, who came into the game with a 12-0-0 record in the winning streak against the Bruins with a 1.57 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage, made 38 saves for the Capitals and tried his best to keep them in the game. The Capitals are now 1-6-2 in their last eight games.
The one that Holtby let slip through came from David Krejci at 10:43 of the second period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. It turned out to be all they needed.
The Capitals couldn’t muster on the power play, going 0-for-3 but the penalty kill also stopped all three penalties they faced. The Bruins outshot the Capitals 30-13 in the first two periods and outshot them overall 39-24.
The Caps look to get back in the win column on Tuesday night. Jay Beagle makes his return to Washington, D.C. as the Vancouver Canucks visit the district for a 7 p.m. puck drop. Washington will hold a practice Monday morning at MedStar Capitals Iceplex at 10:30 a.m.