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Boston Bruins: B's drop second straight with loss to Capitals


The Boston Bruins lost to the Washington Capitals Saturday afternoon, 4-2. Boston has now dropped two straight games since returning from the Sochi Winter Olympic hiatus. Like Wednesday’s loss to Buffalo, the Bruins were again plagued my undisciplined play. The Caps made them pay as they cruised to their second straight win.

The Bruins regulation loss marks their first in their last six games.

Boston committed six penalties in the contest. Washington punished the black-and-gold, scoring on two of the power plays. The NHL’s goal-scoring leader, Alex Ovechkin, notched both of the markers.  Erik Fehr and Joel Ward also scored for the Caps.

Tuukka Rask faced 31 shots and turned aside 27. Those numbers check in as mediocre compared to his standards. His counterpart, Braden Holtby, was impeccable. Boston’s offense tested the netminder, firing 38 shots on goal. Holtby held his own and stopped 36 of them.

The lone Bruin goals were scored by Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton. Bergeron’s tally came via the power play. Thorton’s was a direct result of a strong net drive.

David Krejci, Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic all had multi-game point streaks come to an end in the loss. The Bruins certainly are a bit rusty and will have little time to shake it off.

The New York Rangers are next up on the docket. Boston will travel to Madison Square Garden for a Sunday night tilt with the blue-shirts. They’ll be forced to forget about their lackluster defense, subpar decision making, and rebound against a club that will surely be in their face for 60-minutes.

 

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