The Boston Bruins fell to the Washington Capitals, 2-0, at Capital One Arena on Monday night.

With the loss, the Bruins dropped to 47-19-15, while the Capitals improved to 39-31-11.

Check out the full box score here.

Boston was put to a pre-playoff test against Washington and pushed to the limits with a nail-biting race across the finish line that didn’t favor the Bruins.

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The Capitals took a measly 1-0 lead in the first period and ran with it. Boston’s offense struggled throughout the night to open up scoring opportunities, and at times, underwent stretches resembling a team trailing by multiple scores.

That momentum remained in place until the third period, forcing the Bruins to squander a valuable chance at rewarding an elite defensive performance. However, as tremendous as Boston was at keeping Washington off the net for the final two periods, the Capitals were just a bit better, which proved to be the difference once the final buzzer sounded in regulation.

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In the final minutes of the third period, the Bruins attempted to raise their intensity levels, but even that wasn’t enough. Boston’s defense stumped Washington’s final-period power-play opportunity only to come up empty for a third consecutive frame. Meanwhile, the Capitals stung the Bruins with an empty net goal in the final seconds, putting the nail in the coffin.

Washington dropped Boston to 2-1-1 to wrap up the regular-season series battle, limiting the Black and Gold offense to 16 shots on goal.

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— Washington’s John Carlson netted the eventual game-decider with eight minutes left in the first period.

— Bruins goalie Jeremey Swayman did everything to keep Boston within striking distance, saving 23-of-24 shots to thwart the Capitals attack.

— Capitals goalie Charlie Lindgreen guided Washington’s shutout, keeping the Bruins offense at bay for back-to-back-to-back periods.

The Bruins will officially wrap up their regular season Tuesday night, hosting the Ottawa Senators before the playoffs. Puck drop from TD Garden is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, and you can catch the game, plus a full hour of pregame coverage, live on NESN.

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