The Washington Capitals jumped on the Boston Bruins early Saturday night, and they never looked back.
The Capitals scored twice in the first period at TD Garden and never relinquished the lead in a 3-2 victory over the Bruins.
Tom Wilson was the star for Washington, scoring two goals and delivering a number of bone-crushing hits. David Pastrnak notched both of Boston’s goals in the contest, but the star forward was one of the few bright spots from the team’s offense.
The Bruins fall to 5-4-3 with the loss, while the Capitals improve to 7-6-1.
Here’s how it all went down:
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Slow starts have been an issue for the Bruins this season, and that trend continued against the Capitals.
Washington clearly was the more physical team early on, and arguably the club’s most physical player notched the first goal of the game. Just over seven minutes into the first period, Wilson put Washington on the board despite having a near-impossible angle on Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.
While there wasn’t a whole lot more Boston could have done defensively on Wilson’s strike, Washington’s second goal of the game easily could have been prevented. With just under seven minutes remaining in the period, the B’s gave Alexander Ovechkin far too much real estate, and the Caps star took advantage by ripping home a slap shot.
The Bruins have shown impressive resiliency throughout the season, and it appeared the B’s were on their way to a comeback early in the second period.
Under four minutes into the frame, Pastrnak lit the lamp to bring Boston back within one. Pastrnak’s goal was a product of picture-perfect passing by the B’s, including slick dishes from Torey Krug and Patrice Bergeron.
The Bruins didn’t let up following Pastrnak’s tally, as they had a clear energy advantage over Washington as the period ensued. Unfortunately for the Black and Gold, a tricky deflection brought the deficit back to two.
In the closing minutes of the second, Brooks Orpik fired a shot from the blue line that deflected off Wilson’s stick, Rask’s helmet and the crossbar before finding its way into the Bruins’ net.
The Bruins had a number of opportunities to get back into the game, including three power plays in the third period.
Boston went on the man advantage early in the frame after Orpik clipped Pastrnak with a high stick, which bloodied the Bruins forward’s mouth and awarded the B’s a four-minute power play.
Unfortunately for Boston, it couldn’t do any damage to the scoreboard during that power play, nor the man advantage the B’s received 10 minutes later.
Boston’s third power play of the period finally produced results, as Pastrnak’s goal with under three minutes left cut Washington’s lead to one.
It ultimately was too little, too late, though, as the Caps hung on for a tough road win.
The Bruins return to the ice Monday when they host the Minnesota Wild. Puck drop from TD Garden is set for 7 p.m. ET.
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