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Capitals @ Bruins Recap: Capitals Drop The Bruins In Shootout, 3-2

Jakub Vrana scored in the shootout to lift the Capitals past Boston.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Capitals shipped up to Boston for a Saturday night matchup against the Bruins. Longtime foe Jaroslav Halak was a thorn in Washington’s side with 42 saves, but the Caps get the last laugh in the shootout.

Here’s Saturday night’s Plus/Minus:

Plus: John Carlson extended his point streak to six games.

Minus: Michal Kempny had a less than stellar night, with a handful of questionable plays and turnovers.

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Ten more notes on tonight’s game:

1. It’s a rather lukewarm start to the game, with both teams playing the second of back-to-back matches. The Capitals get the benefit of playing against a depleted Bruins roster, notably lacking Torey Krug (on IR) and Patrice Bergeron (day-to-day).

2. The Bruins strike first with 8:28 left in the first period – Boston’s own son Charlie Coyle (he’s actually from Weymouth) gets the tally off of a slick Danton Heinen feed.

3. Recently recalled Travis Boyd gets the Caps on the board with just over five minutes left in the period and it’s tied 1-1. While the score would suggest otherwise, the Capitals are dominating the ice at the Garden.

4. With his assist on Boyd’s goal, John Carlson’s point streak is at six games. Carlson has one goal and eight assists in that span. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.

5. The Bruins get some carryover power play time to start the second period. The Capitals are outshooting the B’s 18-9 after 20 and are 78% (not a typo) in the dot. Losing Perfect Patrice Bergeron will do that to you, folks.

6. David Pastrnak gives the Bruins a go-ahead goal early in the second period. Charlie McAvoy missed the net on his shot and Pastrnak cleaned up the bouncer for his 17th goal of the season.

7. The Capitals are outshooting the Bruins 30-15 after 40 minutes. Jaroslav Halak (you Capitals fans may have heard of him?), unfortunately, stopped 29 of those shots.

7a. Richard Panik Watch Update: he still has not scored a goal.

8. A lot of the same in the third period – the Capitals are pushing for the equalizer but the Bruins look none too eager to ruin Halak’s pristine home record (2-0-1).

9. Things are getting feisty in the Garden. McAvoy throws a big hit on Tom Wilson, who did not like that one bit. Words are exchanged and Wilson and Zdeno Chara head to the box. If you were watching the NESN feed like I was, you got to enjoy Jack Edwards hollering about the lack of a holding penalty on Wilson for a good couple of minutes. Primetime TV, baby!

10. T.J. Oshie gets the tying goal with 58.6 seconds left in the third period. Halak stuffs the Caps on a couple of breakaway chances in OT and we are off to the shootout, baby. Jakub Vrana secures the two points for the Capitals with his shootout goal.

Coming up next: the Capitals host the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.