As successful as the five representatives of the Bruins were in this year’s Olympics, their return to Boston and NHL action has been anything but. After a disappointing overtime loss to the league worst Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, the Black and Gold faired no better this afternoon at TD Garden, taking a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 42nd and 43rd goals for the Caps, while Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton handled the tallies for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask took the loss with a 27 save effort.
The phrase “fighting for a roster spot” continues to take on a more literal meaning in this year’s NHL preseason, as the Bruins and Capitals combined for the same number of fights as goals scored last night at TD Garden. Luckily for Bruins fans the night ended on a high note as Chris Kelly scored the overtime winner to give the B’s a 3-2 victory, capping off a wild night that saw the black and gold outshoot a relatively weak Washington lineup by a 38-14 margin. As expected Tuukka Rask went the distance in the Boston net, stopping 12 of 14 shots.
After a rebound win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, the black and gold will be back on the ice tonight at TD Garden for another preseason match-up with the Washington Capitals. The Bruins have announced their lineup for tonight as the battle for third line supremacy wages on. Also of note is that this game (7pm) will be the only one televised by NESN before the team’s regular season opener on October 3rd. It can also be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Just 24 hours after putting a beating on the Canadiens in Montreal, the Bruins were back in action for their second preseason game, knocking off the Washington Capitals in a shootout by a 3-2 score. Justin Florek and Chris Kelly tallied regulation goals for the black and gold, while Carter Camper sent the Caps home with a slick backhand goal in the eighth round of the shootout to earn the win.
The Bruins have just announced the list of players that will travel to Marlyand to face the Capitals tonight. The game will take place at 7pm at the Baltimore Arena. Unfortunately, there is no local TV or radio coverage for this game.
Based on line rushes from this morning, the forward lines will be as follows:
Defensemen (based on training camp pairings):
Goaltenders: Rask, Svedberg