Capitals Fall to Bruins in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs
The Washington Capitals came into tonight’s game hoping to stave off elimination against the Boston Bruins.
Early in the first, the Bruins had a few good chances but the Capitals were able to hold them off. A key point in the loss in game four was the inability to get shots to the net. In the second half of the first period, the Capitals picked it up. They ended up outshooting the Bruins 10-9 in the first, as the period ended 0-0.
The Capitals were unfortunately, not so lucky in the second period. They continued to pound the shots on net as they outshot the Bruins 20-4 in the frame. The Bruins were the ones who were able to capitalize on their chances however, scoring two, to go up 2-0.
After two periods of play, the Capitals needed something, someone, to breathe life into them. It came 11 seconds into the third as Conor Sheary was able to put one in the back of the net. The Capitals kept pushing, but the Bruins were able to respond to put the lead back up to 3-1. Then, a powerplay opportunity presented itself. On that powerplay, Lars Eller appeared to have scored, but the goal was waved off due to goaltender interference by Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Washington was not able to grab another goal in the game and fell 3-1 in game 5. They lost in the first round of the playoffs for the third straight year following their 2018 Stanley Cup Championship. The Capitals look ahead into the offseason with some questions regarding cap space and personnel. Hopefully they can find the missing pieces to put together another Stanley Cup run in the near future.