Saturday, October 11, 2014

Capitals capitalize on power-play, shutout Bruins 4-0


Capitals Michael Latta vs Burins Bobby Robins, on October 11, 2014.
Yes it's still early in this young NHL season but the Bruins are showing signs that this could be a long, long year for them and their fans. Tonight's game against the Capitals was painful to watch as the Bruins offense couldn't get many quality chances on Braden Holtby and the intensity wasn't there for the whole team, sure there were a few Bruins showing intensity but there were more that were not showing it.

There were tripping, holding and interference penalties during the game but when Bruins Milan Lucic gets pushed dangerously into the boards from behind by Capitals Mike Green, there is no call on that. We all know if it was the other way around, Lucic would have been given a major and game misconduct. And when Green is challenged by Lucic because of the hit, Green backs down and lets his teammates and refs save him. If you're going to play that way, you better stand up and face the consequences, but I'm not surprised by Green's response, he's done that his entire career.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Bobby Robins went for a hit and ended up kneeing a Capitals player, which brought over Capitals Michael Latta and they dropped the gloves with Robins getting the better of the fight. On the ensuing power-play, Capitals Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Capitals. Late in the period, Capitals Alex Ovechkin scored again, making it 2-0 Capitals.

In the second period, Capitals Mike Green scored a power-play goal, making it 3-0 Capitals.

In the third period, Capitals Joel Ward scored, making it 4-0 Capitals.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 17 saves on 21 shots. Rask is now 1-2-0 with a 2.36 GAA and a .892 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 29-21, hits 28-23 and faceoff wins 34-19. The Capitals led the game in blocked shots 14-9. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Capitals went 2-for-4.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 5 shots. Chris Kelly led the Bruins with 4 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots.

David Krejci and Gregory Campbell did not play as both are recovering from injuries.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 1-2-0 with 2 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Monday when they host the Colorado Avalanche at 1pm ET.

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