Believe it or not, the Bruins actually decided to show up to tonight’s game against the Capitals after being notably absent in the 7-0 season opener. Despite being outshot 41-22, quick responses by the Capitals after tying goals secured the 4-2 win.
As a person from Boston born before 2004, I am basically an expert on curses. Does 14-straight wins against a team mean that you cursed them? My sources say “maybe.”
(Note: Although tonight’s recapper is from Massachusetts, she has never once said “park the car in Harvard Yard” and would like to be excluded from that narrative, please.)
Here’s Thursday night’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: Alex Ovechkin scored his 31st and 32nd goals of the season. He’s pretty good.
Minus: Dmitry Orlov went down the tunnel late in the third period after colliding with Ryan Donato’s shoulder on an attempted hip check.
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Ten more notes on the game:
- Braden Holtby boasts a 15-2 all-time record against the Bruins. Familiar adversary Jaroslav Halak is between the pipes for Boston.
2. Jake ‘the Snake’ Vrana slithers (sorry) behind the Bruins defense to score his 15th goal of the season and give the Caps an early lead.
3. Tom Wilson and Zdeno Chara were spotted exchanging some pleasantries with each other after a whistle. I think if I had the option to fight Chara or a bear, I’d take the chance and hope I got the Paddington of grizzlies.
4. Bruins leave the period with a 17-5 shot advantage, but the Caps have the lone goal of the game. Quality over quantity, baby!
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5. In a reversal of opening night, Noted Goon Lars Eller wants to drop the mitts with Brad Marchand, who demures at the offer.
6. The Bruins get on the board with a goal by Ryan Donato who, and I say this with all the love in my heart, looks like a renaissance cherub baby painting. Alex Ovechkin does what he does best and reestablishes the lead seconds later.
7. Tom Wilson extends his scoring streak to three games with an assist on Ovi’s goal.
8. T.J. Oshie went down the tunnel midway through the second after taking a hit in the corner, but thankfully returned to the ice later in the period.
9. David Krejci ties the game at two, but Nicklas Backstrom responds quickly with a long range goal. Jaroslav Halak might as well have gift-wrapped that one for him.
10. Ovi puts the final nail in the coffin with an empty netter seconds after Halak vacates the goal.
Tonight’s game really had it all: a yawn-worthy first period, early-season beef resurging, and Ovi goals! Thankfully no unwanted smooches, though.
Up next, the Capitals return home to face off against the Blue Jackets.