Bruins-Capitals Live: Boston Scores Twice In Third Period For 2-0 Win


End of Regulation, Bruins win 2-0

Boston adds an empty-net goal from Simon Gagne and it has won 2-0 over the Washington Capitals. The Bruins improve their preseason record to 1-1.

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Third period, 19:15, 1-0 Bruins: Washington kills off the penalty and we’re back to even strength.

Third period, 17:15, 1-0 Bruins: Brad Marchand draws a penalty on a semi-breakaway. Boston is 1-for-4 with the man advantage so far.

Third period, 16:51, 1-0 Bruins: Jeremy Smith makes another great save to preserve Boston’s lead. He’s made 11 stops in this period.

Third period, 14:15, 1-0 Bruins: We finally have a goal. Zdeno Chara deflected a shot from the point by Dougie Hamilton on net, then jammed the rebound past Pheonix Copley to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. The Bruins captain was positioned in front of the net, his usual spot on the power play.


Third period, 12:21, 0-0: Jared Knight is drilled from behind along the end boards by John Erskine, who receives a two-minute penalty for boarding. The Bruins are going on their fourth power play of the night. They are 0-for-3 so far.

Third period, 7:15, 0-0: Highlight of the night so far!

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Right after that, Ryan Spooner missed an open net on a rebound.

The Capitals are spending a lot more time in the Bruins’ zone and have a 9-6 shot advantage in this period.

Third period, 6:01, 0-0: Marcus Johansson hits the post with a backhand shot from the slot. The Capitals were inches away from taking the lead.

Third period, 0:01, 0-0: We’re underway! Jeremy Smith has replaced Tuukka Rask in the Boston net. Rask made 14 saves through two periods.

Pheonix Copley has replaced Braden Holtby in the Washington net. Holtby made 21 saves through two 40 minutes.

End of Second Period, 0-0

We’ve played 40 minutes and no one has scored yet. Boston has a 21-14 shot advantage and went 26-15 in the faceoff circle.

Second period, 18:35, 0-0: Holtby makes two more stellar saves to keep the score tied.

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Here’s Griffith’s scoring chance:


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Second period, 15:44, 0-0: Washington takes its timeout after an icing.

Second period, 12:39, 0-0: Bruins now have an 18-13 shot advantage, but most of the attempts are right at Holtby’s chest. Boston needs to get more traffic in front of the net and make Holtby work to see the puck.

Second period, 11:50, 0-0: The Capitals kill off the penalty.

Second period, 10:34, 0-0: The Bruins go with Chara, Bergeron, Marchand up front, and Gagne-Hamilton at the points on the first power-play unit.

Second period, 9:50, 0-0: The Leino-Khokhlachev-Gagne line created two more quality scoring chances, including a Gagne shot from the slot, but Holtby stood tall and made two nice saves.

The Bruins are going to the power play for the first time tonight. Kris Newbury called for tripping.

Second period, 6:23, 0-0: A clever backhand dish from Alex Khokhlachev behind the net sets up a scoring chance for Simon Gagne, but he can’t stuff it past Braden Holtby.

Second period, 5:23, 0-0: Bruins kill of Hamilton’s penalty and we’re back to even strength.

Second period, 3:23, 0-0: Dougie Hamilton is called for high sticking and the Capitals will return to the power play. They are 0-for-1 so far.

Second period, 1:31, 0-0: Brad Marchand can’t finish at the side of the crease after a nice setup from Patrice Bergeron and Seth Griffith. This trio has played exceptionally tonight.

Second period, 0:01, 0-0: We’re underway!

End of First Period, 0-0

We’ve come to the end of a pretty uneventful first period. Washington has a 7-5 shot advantage.

Matt Bartkowski led all Bruins players with 7:47 of ice time in the first period. Patrice Bergeron was 7-of-10 in the faceoff circle.

First period, 17:32, 0-0: The Bruins are starting to sustain consistent attacking zone pressure. The Marchand-Bergeron-Griffith line is dominating puck possession, as expected.

First period, 13:19, 0-0: Brooks Orpik is in his first season with the Capitals and he’s still dishing out huge hits.

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First period, 11:19, 0-0: The Bruins kill off Knight’s penalty and we’re back to even strength.

First period, 10:25, 0-0: Tuukka Rask makes two nice saves on the penalty kill, one from the top of the slot and another from the right faceoff circle.

First period, 9:19, 0-0: Jared Knight uses his speed and goes hard to the net, but his shot is saved by Holtby. The Bruins center also crashed into Capitals netminder and was called for interference. Washington is about to go on the power play for the first time tonight.


First period, 6:30, 0-0: Adam McQuaid is playing his normal physical game early in the first period. This is his first game since Boston’s Jan. 19 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago.


First period, 2:29, 0-0: Play is stopped as linesman Jean Morin has fallen to the ice in front of the Bruins bench. I’m not sure what happened to him, it occurred away from the play. He laid on the ice for a few minutes before exiting down the B’s tunnel.

First period, 0:01, 0-0: We’re underway!

7:07 p.m.: Bruins starting lineup: Marchand-Bergeron-Griffith Hamilton-Chara Rask

Capitals starting lineup: Fehr-Wellman-Johansson Orpik-Carrick Holtby

6:40 p.m.: Here are the lines and pairings based on warmups.

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Seth Griffith
Simon Gagne-Alexander Khokhlachev-Ville Leino
Justin Florek-Bracken Kearns-Jared Knight
Matt Lindblad-Ryan Spooner-Alexander Fallstrom

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid
Chris Breen-Zach Trotman

6 p.m.: BOSTON — The Bruins will play in front of their fans at TD Garden Wednesday night for the first time since they were eliminated in Game 7 of the 2014 Eastern Conference semifinals by the Montreal Canadiens.

The opponent for Boston’s preseason home opener is a Washington Capitals squad that will be without superstar forward Alexander Ovechkin.

The B’s lost 3-2 to the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in their first game of the preseason Tuesday night.

We won’t see all of the players in Bruins training camp on the ice for Wednesday’s matchup. Here’s the expected roster:

Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Alex Fallstrom, Justin Florek, Simon Gagne, Seth Griffith, Bracken Kearns, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, Ville Leino, Matt Lindblad, Brad Marchand, Ryan Spooner

Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Chris Breen, Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Zach Trotman

Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Smith

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