It’s hockey night in B-town as the Boston Bruins welcomed the Caps for their second meeting in the past five days. The last result proved positive for the Caps as they escaped TD Garden with two points under their belt thanks to a beauty from Joel Ward; who completely undressed Rask on a breakaway. Newly acquired Chris Brown will be making his Capitals debut tonight. No, not that Chris Brown, this Chris Brown. Jaroslav Halak will also be making his Capitals appearance… on the bench, opening doors.
Some notable changes since the last meeting between the two teams:
- Dustin Penner and Jaroslav Halak are now rocking the red
- Capitals have lost Martin Erat (to Phx) and Michal Neuvirth (to Buffalo)
- Scratch that, it was a win sending Erat to Phx
- D-man Andrej Meszaros is now wearing the black and gold
Caps got pretty dominated in the first, but Braden Holtby stood on his head keeping them in the game. Bruins dominated in shot totals as well leading 10-4. Thankfully Holtby isn’t having one of those nights so far.
Several calls went unnoticed during the first. Shawn Thornton got away with a cross-check as well as Brad Marchand, my least favorite player in the league, got a no-call for a blatant cross-check on Troy Brouwer.
At 3:05 into the second, the bad guys struck first. As the Caps had just committed a penalty, Tukka Rask headed to the bench. Before the Caps could gain possession and go to the PK, Patrice Bergeron sent a shot from the point towards Holtby only to get tipped by Gregory Campbell. Campbell’s deflection went straight into the top left corner when it was originally going wide. Nothing Holts could have done about it.
Loui Eriksson lights up the red light giving the B’s a 2-0 lead 8:20 into the second. Who was on the ice for that goal? Connor Carrick and Cameron Schilling, the bottom defensive pair in the Caps lineup. Carrick chased Carl Soderberg behind the net taking himself completely out of the play. Eriksson was parked in front of the goal and beat Holts short side. At the time of the goal, the Bruins held a 21-6 shot advantage. Just putting that out there.
The moment you’ve been dreading; the shots chart after two:
The boys in white started to show some life early in the third with an Alex Ovechkin shot getting OH SO CLOSE to going in the net, just trickling past the post. Close, but no cigar. It didn’t even count as a SOG. This is fun.
The rest of the third isn’t even worth writing about. The Caps pulled Holts and Marchand (ugh) scored on the empty net. What a disgusting game.
The Caps are relying way too much on the powerplay. All four goals in March 5th’s game against the Flyers did not come at even strength. Three on the powerplay one on 4v4 play. This game was though to watch. Thus far, Penner has made minimal impact. I understand it’s very early in his tenure as a Cap, but he was a big signing and the Caps are going to need much more production from him in the future.
I don’t really know what more there is to say. This game was bad; arguably the worst of the season. Holtby was good tonight, however. Good thing we got ourselves a new goalie!