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.
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.
Game 20: Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals
Tuesday, March 5th, 7pm, Verizon Center, Washington
TV: NESN, CSN-DC Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
The Bruins were back to business today after their defeat at the hands of the Canadiens last night, with an optional skate this morning at Ristuccia Arena before heading to Washington D.C. to face the Capitals tomorrow night. While the mood was generally positive despite losing two points from their bitter rivals, many Bruin players acknowledged some disappointment for not stepping up in their captain’s absence after he took care of business against Alexei Emelin. Their next opponents will provide a nice rebound opportunity and a chance for some revenge for last season’s playoffs however, as the Caps have struggled all season and currently reside tied for last place in the Eastern Conference.