Capitals Victorious in Season Finale
Tonight’s matchup featured the final game of the regular season. The Washington Capitals faced off against the Boston Bruins, previewing the first round playoff matchup that will begin on Saturday night. The Capitals secured a 2-1 victory with a last second goal to split the season series 4-4 with the Bruins.
Coming into the game there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding both lineups. Washington had been dealing with a lot of injuries which led to some roster shuffling and game-time decisions. On the Bruins side of things, they scratched over a dozen of their regular players to rest them for the upcoming playoff series.
This game brought a lot of intensity and effort from both teams. Although the game would not shake up the standings, both teams wanted to earn the win to build momentum. The Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the second period, then six minutes later, Carl Hagelin tied things up. It was a back and forth game with stellar goaltending.
Vitek Vanecek was in net for the Capitals again tonight, who is presumably the Capitals playoff starter. Vanecek was excellent and made 25 saves on the night. Tied 1-1 in the waning seconds, Michael Raffl took the puck down low and shot off of the goaltenders helmet and in the net with 1.8 remaining. The goal was Raffl’s first as a Capital and was the game winner.
This win will hopefully build some momentum for a tough playoff matchup with the Bruins. Surely, it will be an entertaining series and will have some fiery play between these two rivals.
The playoffs are set to begin Saturday night (5/15) at Capital One Arena.