Coming into Super Bowl Sunday off of an exciting victory Friday night the Capitals welcomed the Bruins to Capital One Arena for a matinee. Despite Washington’s recent dominance of Boston the visitors rode a perfect performance from Tuukka Rask to a 1 to 0 victory over the Capitals.
Here’s Sunday afternoon’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: Braden Holtby’s performance was excellent this afternoon. He gave the Capitals a chance in this game, turning aside 37 shots.
Minus: The Capitals allowed Boston to dominate the opening two periods of play. The Bruins more than doubled Washington’s shots on goal in both frames.
Nine more notes on the game.
- A first period minor against Dmitrij Jaskin gave the Bruins an early power play opportunity less than five minutes into the contest. Stellar penalty killing from Washington, however, held Boston to a single harmless shot.
- Immediately after Jaskin’s minor expired Evgeny Kuznetsov was whistled for slashing, sending Boston’s man advantage back onto the ice. The second time around the Bruins were much better (4 shots) but Holtby and the Capitals held the visitors off the scoreboard.
- The Capitals would complete the game’s first twenty minutes with only six shots on goal, compared to the Bruins’s fifteen. Even more troubling, though, was Washington’s seven giveaways (compared to Boston’s one).
- Just after the game’s midway point David Krejci got the game’s first goal. A pair of perfect passes from David Pastrnak and Torey Krug allowed Krejci to whip a low hard shot past Holtby’s right pad.
- By the end of the second period the Bruins were in complete control of the game. The Capitals were only able to muster 13 shots on goal through forty minutes and their play was plagued by poor decisions with the puck.
- Midway through the third period Washington’s offense finally got going, sustaining possession of the puck in Boston’s zone. Both Jaskin and Travis Boyd had high quality chances against Rask from in front but neither could bury the biscuit.
- Washington’s offensive momentum turned into a power play opportunity when Charlie McAvoy was caught for hooking. McAvoy’s attempt to slow down the Capitals’ offense was spotted by the officials, giving the home team a late chance.
- Unfortunately T.J. Oshie was whistled for hooking Zdeno Chara 35 seconds into the man advantage and the power play was negated.
- Washington would pull Holtby with ninety seconds to play in an attempt to tie the contest. The Capitals would pepper Rask’s net with several shots but he, like the Bruins, would not be beat today.