Game #74: Boston Bruins (50-17-6) vs. Washington Capitals (34-27-12)
Location: Verizon Center, Washington
Time: 12:30 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
The Boston Bruins will be in the nation’s capital Saturday afternoon for a tilt with the Washington Capitals. These teams face-off in what will be the third and final meeting of their season series opposite one another. Boston beat Washington earlier this month in a pair of games at TD Garden.
Boston is fresh off what they are calling their “most complete” victory of the season. The Bruins, powered by Patrice Bergeron‘s two goals and Tuukka Rask‘s brilliance in net, blanked the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. Rask’s shutout marked his seventh of the season, which is good for best in the NHL.
With points in 14 straight games and a 13-0-1 record in those games, the Bruins became the first team in the Eastern Conference to reach 50 wins. They’ll look to build on their dominating showing from two nights prior against a team that’s struggled against them.
The Bruins beat the Capitals 4-2 on March 1 and then 3-0 on March 6.
Boston has outscored their opposition 51-19 over the course of their last 14 games. Bergeron is powering the Bruins offense, having scored goals in a career-high five consecutive games. He now has 25 goals on the season. Jarome Iginla was leading the way during the team’s 12 game winning streak. He scored nine goals in that time.
The Capitals are coming off a shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday in which captain Alex Ovechkin notched two power-play goals. He now has seven goals in 13 games played this month. Joel Ward has nine points in has last six games, including four goals.
This meeting with the Capitals is the first of four games the Bruins will play away from TD Garden before returning home on April 5.