B’s finally get over the hump: Something eventually had to give, as Boston snapped its 14-game losing streak to the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon thanks to a stout defensive effort and some stellar play from TuukkaRask. This marks Boston’s first victory over Washington since March 29, 2014 — with the Caps outscoring the B’s by a 52-21 margin during their extended winning streak.
Similar to their loss to the Caps back on Jan. 10 (in which they outshot Washington, 41-21) the Bruins controlled play for most of Sunday’s matchup — holding a 30-13 edge in shots on goal through the end of two periods. The Caps pushed back as expected in the final stanza, but props to Boston’s D corps for stepping up after getting called out by Bruce Cassidy on Thursday.
For a team looking to right the ship after dropping five of its last six games, this is the kind of win that can go a long way.
Tuukka Rask: Even with some spotty history against the Capitals, Rask answered the call on Sunday with his team reeling — turning aside all 24 shots that came his way en route to his second shutout of the season.
It was far more than just another two points for the B’s and Rask, as the veteran netminder reached 253 career victories with Boston — becoming the winningest goalie in franchise history as a result. He passed Tiny Thompson, who has held on to the record since 1940.