The Capitals were unable to completely crawl out of an early hole and fall to the Bruins 4 to 2.
Here’s Thursday night’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: Alex Ovechkin’s second period power play goal was the 266th man advantage tally of his career, passing Brett Hull for 2nd all time (Dave Andreychuk - 274).
Minus: Washington was credited with 6 giveaways, three times as many as Boston.
Seven more notes on the game:
- 33 seconds into the contest Jeremy Lauzon got the Bruins on the scoreboard. Ultimately it was Ilya Samsonov’s right skate that put the puck into the net but Lauzon still gets credit for his first of the season.
- Before the first period’s conclusion Anton Blidh also picked up his first goal of the season for Boston. Blidh pounced on a bouncing puck deep in Washington’s zone and tucked it into the net before anyone noticed he had it.
- Brad Marchand extended Boston’s lead to three with a nifty shorthanded goal scored around Justin Schultz, Ovechkin, and Samsonov. The tally was the 30th shorthanded goal of Marchand’s career.
- The Capitals, however, would claw back to life after that. Ovechkin netted his 20th of the season on the power play at the game’s midway point. A faceoff win from T.J. Oshie and a pass from John Carlson set the stage for the captain’s successful shot.
- Oshie then drew Washington within one only 19 seconds later. A slick give and go with Carlson gave Oshie the opportunity to hammer the puck and put it past Jeremy Swayman.
- The Capitals put ten third period shots at Swayman but could not find the equalizer. Swayman finished the night with 31 saves in his second career NHL start (and win).
- With three minutes to play Craig Smith scored the final goal of the night to put the game out of Washington’s reach.