Back on opening night, Lars Eller scored a goal in the third period to put the Washington Capitals up with a commanding 7-0 lead over the Boston Bruins. On a night that clearly belonged to the Caps after raising the Stanley Cup champions banner before the game, Eller celebrated in front of the Bruins bench and Brad Marchand wasn’t having any of it. He ambushed Eller and threw several punches knocking him to the ground. Continue reading “There was a War of Words after Caps-Bruins Game Between Lars Eller and Brad Marchand”
The Washington Capitals continued to roll with a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins in a brief stop up in Boston before a big two home games come up on the horizon vs. the Blue Jackets and the Blues. Jakub Vrana continued his fire with a fast breakaway goal. Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Nicklas Backstrom added a goal of his own. The win was the Caps’ 14th straight victory over the B’s, including their previous meeting on banner night, outscoring them 45-21 in those victories. Continue reading “Caps Defeat Bruins 4-2 to Win 3rd in a Row”
The Washington Capitals travel to Boston, Massachusetts to play the Boston Bruins after a towering 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Hopefuls, like Madison Bowey and Jakub Vrana are playing at level everyone has imagined and are producing points. Momentum and confidence are in the boys’ favor, but the Bruins will aim to shut them down.
David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand are all imminent threats to the Caps’ defense. Pastrnak knows how to shoot the puck and can put up dirty goals, as well as make plays happen. Last season, he accumulated 70 points in 75 games (34 goals, 36 assists). That earned him a new contract with Boston and has taken the role as a top six forward. Bergeron has always been a presence for the Bruins. He has established an elite, two-way forward reputation throughout the league for years. He has won the Selke Trophy four times (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017) and helped Boston bring home the Stanley Cup in 2011.
There is no doubt in my mind that once Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara leaves the team or retires, Bergeron will become the new captain and wear the ‘C’. Personally, he’s always been one of my idols growing up as a young center. Marchand is infamous for stirring up trouble against his team’s opponents. Though he has a pestering style of play about him, he can sure put up points in the meanwhile. He has 23 point in 19 games so far this season, so the Caps defense needs to make sure they play strong and shut his game down.
For tomorrow, the Caps need to focus on getting good scoring chances, playing solid defensively, and getting traffic in front of Boston’s netminder Tukka Rask. Rask is known to get a hot head when scored on during games, so a few early goals will surely affect his game. Whether Boston starts him or their backup goaltender Anton Khudobin, the Capitals just need to keep shooting and winning those battles.
The Caps play the Bruins tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. eastern time and I will be covering the game via Twitter. Follow me @Jurky88 and @incoldplacesdc for important updates and play-by-plays, go Caps go!
The Boston Bruins media are buzzing about David Pastmark The 20 year-old winger has 15 goals and 6 assists as of Tuesday afternoon. They talk about his speed, his possession prowess, and the fight to win. The other most positive thing they have going for them is Tukka Rask and a strong defense.
CBS Boston writes about some of the strengths and weaknesses of the Bruins, but mostly the surprise they are this year.
Sports Chat reports: “Bruins are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Washington while the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington.”
Boston has won its last three games and will be looking to extend their lead. boston.com Rumor is Zdeno Chara could return to the lineup for Wednesday.
So where does that leave the Capitals? Waiting to see if T.J. Oshie is ready for starters. Local outlet think he is in for the game. CSN He certainly looked good at practice today.
Isabelle Khushudyan , Washington Post, took at shot at the possible lines for Wednesday, but chances are they could change following morning skate. Of course Jakub Vranna is still here, just in case…
Check back tomorrow and we’ll update as we get closer.