After the end of the first period, I was looking forward to writing what a great victory the Bruins had earned in Washington. As history shows, that would have been a bad idea. Somewhere in the second period, the Boston Bruins stopped playing to their potential and the Washington Capitals showed up. The Bruins just went into cruise control, and that speed wasn’t very good. The Capitals roared back to score three goals to bring it into overtime, and then scored themselves a win thirty seconds in. Wow, talk about history repeating itself. To me, it seemed like only two of our forward lines were playing near their potential, and the defense had some serious breakdowns.
The Bruins lost because it looks like they gave up. The Capitals won because they wanted it more. The only positive that can come out of this is that at least the Bruins got one point, and the Canadiens lost outright, so their ‘undisputed’ hold on the Northeast Division is a single point. The Bruins are taking a day off and hopefully they will take the day to get their heads on straight and come back swinging in a few days.
March 5th, 2013
Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals (Boston @ Washington)
Final Score: Washington Capitals 4- Boston Bruins 3 (OT)
Three Stars of the Game:
Causeway Crowd’s Three Stars of the Game:
Third Star: David Krejci. “[Krejci had] good bounce back game after disappearing versus Montreal and he had two assists.” The Bruins’ first line didn’t look like our first line. David Krejci was making an effort though. He seemed the only one engaged after the first period.
Second Star: (TIE) Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton. (From Matt)” Dougie scored his third goal of his young career on Tuesday night to put the Bruins up 3-0, the Bruins had everything going for them until a collapse in the last 40 minutes of the game. A couple tough plays for the rookie on the third and fourth Capital goals but the kid is still learning and has a bright future. The captain scored his fourth of the season to put the Bruins up two goals in the first period. The big man is proving he can show some offensive skills the past couple games along with being the big defensive stud he is.” These two defensemen have done reasonably well this season. A few mistakes last night led to breakdowns that caused the Bruins to give up goals that would eventually haunt the Bruins later.
First Star: Brad Marchand.(From Billy) “[Marchand] gets his team leading 12th on a beauty of a penalty shot.”(From Matt)” This kid is on fire, and nothing seems to be able to cool him down. Marchand created a chance on the short hand and ended up with a breakaway, he got hooked from behind drawing a penalty shot. He calmly slid the penalty shot between Holtby’s five hole for his 12th goal of the year.” Indeed, #63 has morphed from the ‘Little Ball of Hate’ into the ‘Little Demon that can Skate.’ He’s our best scorer, one of our point leaders, and has grown up an awful lot from the last season.