Bruins beat Caps 4-3
The Washington Capitals traveled to Boston for a date with the Bruins on Thursday night. I missed the first 90 seconds of the game because I forgot the game was streaming only.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored first with a perfect wrist shot. David Pastrnak reacted quickly, finding an open slot in the slot for an easy goal. Pasta struck again in the second period with a power-play breakaway, which is the part of the game where you’re not supposed to get a breakaway.
Lars Eller tied the game late in the second period, but Boston restored their lead on the skates of Evgeny Kuznetsov midway through the third period. Moments later, Tom Wilson fed Nicklas Backstrom for a quick wrist from the lunge. With Dowd in the box, Charlie McAvoy found a gap to give the Bruins the lead one last time.
- The Caps went this game without Dmitry Orlov and John Carlson, two mainstays of their puck possession. As a result, the Caps were pushed around a bit by the Bruins. Making things worse, Nick Jensen left the game in the second period with an upper body injury.
- Connor McMichael was facing no pressure when he iced the puck. It doesn’t seem like something he would do if he wasn’t under such scrutiny lately. I would really rather see him in a Hershey Bears uniform for a while, playing 15 minutes a night. At least he cracked eleven minutes in this one.
- After a very good power play in the first period, the Caps went three consecutive power plays without shooting on goal. It is therefore a very poor indicator. I always love how justin schultz is to power the Ovi Spot, but overall I’ve been looking forward to seeing the team make a change for over a month now.
- Here’s another shot for your headcanon:
I guess the whole “pp is a hideous mess” thing is a fake to lull future playoff opponents into a false sense of security
— Matthew Kory (@mattymatty2000) January 21, 2022
- With his tying goal in the third period, Nicklas Backstrom records his first of the season. It was great. I hope he has an extra scoop of strawberry ice cream tonight.
- Thomas Wilson to hit Anton Blidh on open ice, injuring the Boston forward. It may have been a charge, but it’s marginal. I think that’s a really good example of how fast and hard Tom Wilson plays the game. If another player throws the same shot, it won’t get a fraction of the attention – because Wilson brings him so much more momentum. Blidh did not return.
- Garnet Hathaway given Brad Merchant the matter was headed for the boards, and it seemed to aggravate Marchand’s shoulder injury.
- Hathaway and usual linemate Nic Dowd continue to be on a significant penalty. It costs real points now.
this is one of the most ridiculous pictures i have ever seen pic.twitter.com/5FPNp0L2oz
— Travis Tuthill (@tuthill_travis) January 21, 2022
- Well, that’s a weird graph. ESPN’s announcers were very boring today, talking at length about what goals the goaltender would like back and the timely saves and puck battles and other insubstantial patter waltzing through their brains. All that and no replays of penalties. Anyway, I’m such a home run for Joe B and Locker now; I don’t apologize. (AJ Mleczko was good.)
- Oh also, the ESPN+ stream is way better than the Hulu stream.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) January 21, 2022
Let’s win the third period! pic.twitter.com/AYP4pgQFNd
— Joe Beninati (@JoeBpXp) January 21, 2022
I didn’t like this game. See you Saturday for the Senators.
Main photo: ESPN Plus