Capitals Fall in Offensive Battle
Washington came into the game against the Bruins today, winners in their last three road games. On the road this year, they were 15-6-2 before this game. The Capitals and Bruins have matched up well with each other, splitting the six previous decisions. Unfortunately for the Capitals, they were unable to keep up their road success, falling 6-3.
The Bruins started off hot, with a shorthanded goal and then adding another in the first. With 9.9 seconds left in the first, T.J. Oshie provided a goal for the Capitals coming from a rebound from a Nicklas Backstrom shot. The goal grabbed some momentum for the Caps as they went into the locker room down 2-1.
In the second, Oshie tallied his second goal of the game, this one on the power play. The goals were his 15th and 16th of the year. Then, following Oshie’s goal, Anthony Mantha recorded his fourth goal as a Capital, also coming on the power play. Mantha made history as the first Capitals player to score a goal in each of his first four games.
After the Capitals were able to respond with three straight goals, the Bruins dominated the rest of the way offensively. They added four straight of their own to win the game 6-3. The game was chippy throughout, as always. In the third period, Garnet Hathaway hit a Bruin hard into the boards and was ejected, with a game misconduct. Hopefully he will not come away with some sort of suspension.
Washington is 29-13-4 on the season and has 10 games remaining. They have an extremely tough stretch coming up with three straight against the Islanders and then three straight against the Penguins. The Capitals are currently in first place however and looking to bounce back from today’s loss.