For Ryan Donato, adjustments away from puck are allowing him to reap rewards on stat sheet

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For a game that saw Boston’s five-game winning streak come to a halt against a Capitals club that’s reeled off 14 straight wins over the B’s, Bruce Cassidy did note there were a couple of positives to take from Thursday’s 4-2 final at TD Garden.

One being the play of rookie Ryan Donato — who fired home his career-high sixth goal of the season in an outing where he landed a team-high seven shots against Braden Holtby.

Given the time and space afforded to the Harvard winger in the seconds leading up to his strike — along with the howitzer of a wrister in his arsenal — it seemed a given  Donato’s attempt was going to find twine.

Rather than laud Donato’s shot, however — which at this point, it’s known what kind of spark he can provide with the puck on his stick in the offensive zone — Cassidy opted to point out the seconds before Torey Krug’s pass reached Donato.