Tough finish for the Bruins tonight. The Washington Capitals won 2-1 in a shootout after Alexander Ovechkin tied it with 3 minutes left in regulation. It was a game filled a lot of nastiness, including four fights (two for Kevan Miller, one for Adam McQuaid, one for Tyler Randell), and it certainly felt like a regular season game in terms of hatred. Tuukka Rask was outstanding in net making sure to do his part in holding the Bruins lead going into the 3rd period. Lots of ebbs and flows in this game tonight and it was nice that the Bruins can leave Washington D.C. tonight with no major injuries or setbacks. They’ll definitely need ice bags on the flight home though.
Here are tonight’s 3 Stars:
3rd Star – Bruins Penalty Kill
The Capitals went 0-5 tonight on the power play thanks to a solid penalty kill and timely saves by Tuukka Rask. For the most part Bergeron, Marchand, Kelly, and crew kept the Caps on the perimeter and did a great job of taking away a lot of passing lanes. What few breakdowns did occur, Tuukka swallowed up every shot.
2nd Star – Loui Eriksson
Loui had the early Bruins goal and continues to show that he has the best hands for the Bruins when it comes to in tight around the net. He scores a lot of goals with his patience down low. Loui also led the team with 4 shots on net and nearly 18 minutes of ice time. His linemates in general also played well around him, with Bergeron setting up his goal and Marchand showing some crafty moves tonight despite a couple turnovers. But once again Loui looked good again tonight and had chances to bury a couple more as the game went on.
1st Star – Tuukka Rask
Tuukka was spectacular tonight. He played two periods and stopped all 15 shots he faced. But he had to stop three breakaways and a point blank move by Justin Williams on the power play where Tuukka had to extend to the post to keep the puck out. It was a nice showing from him on a night where a younger defense was a bit exposed by an offense with a lot of weapons.
- Washington’s Tom Wilson got under the skin of the Bruins tonight. He had two good fights and was a constant thorn in the Bruins side. He really generated a lot of energy for the Caps.
- I love T.J. Oshie. And knowing what Washington paid to get him (not a lot) I really wish the Bruins had made a hard push to get him. His hit on McQuaid that started his fight was clean and awesome. And his shootout goal was vintage Oshie stuff. I really wish he was a Bruin.
- Also Jeremy Smith looked great in net for the Bruins tonight in the 3rd period. Despite giving up a goal to Ovechkin (who hasn’t?) he looked much sharper than Gustavsson the other night against New York. Hard to tell if his shootout performance has any impact on him making the team.
- Matt Beleskey continues to be invisible on the ice even though he’s alongside David Krejci and David Pastrnak. It may just be a matter of getting more acclimated to the new system. Luckily, his disappearing act has happened when the games don’t count. If he pots one next Thursday night his current woes will be forgotten real quick.