Saturday, April 8, 2017

Capitals rough up Bruins 3-1

Washington Capitals @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on April 8, 2017.
Earlier today the Washington Capitals showed just how much better they are than the Bruins as they put a 3-1 offensive and physical beating on the Bruins. This was the last game for the Bruins this season and their playoff opponent hasn't yet been set.

In the game, Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo left with an upper-body injury from an Alex Ovechkin hit that should have been a penalty but we all know stars get treated differently in the NHL (as you can also chop another player's finger off and not get penalized).

Quick game summary
In the first period, Capitals Marcus Johansson scored, giving the Capitals a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, Bruins Colin Miller scored his 6th goal of the season, tying the game 1-1. Less than a minute later, Capitals Kevin Shattenkirk scored, giving the Capitals a 2-1 lead. Later, Capitals Justin Williams scored, giving the Capitals a 3-1 lead.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

Game notes
Bruins Anton Khudobin started the game, played the first two periods, and did not return for the third period as he wasn't feeling good. Khudobin made 21 saves on 24 shots and got the loss in this one. Khudobin finished the season with a 7-6-0-1 record with a 2.64 GAA and a .904 save percentage. Bruins Tuukka Rask played in net in the third period, stopping all 8 shots he faced. Rask finished the season with a 37-20-0-5 with a 2.23 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game with a 58% faceoff percentage and hits 26-19. The Capitals led the game in shots 32-22 and blocked shots 15-13. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Capitals went 0-for-4.

Patrice Bergeron and David Backes led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Riley Nash led the Bruins with 5 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson made his NHL debut in this game, and was pretty quiet in 8:25 of ice time.

Brad Marchand, Jimmy Hayes, Noel Acciari, Torey Krug, Sean Kuraly and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is now 18-8-1 after taking over as coach of the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Capitals forward Justin Williams
2) Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk
3) Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom

Bruins regular season is over
The Bruins finished the season 44-31-7 with 95 points and are in 4th place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and their home record is 23-17-1 this season.

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