Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 3-2 loss to the Capitals in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:
TWO THINGS TO KNOW
Bruins had a good shot at taking control of this game early on: The odds were stacked against the Bruins in this one, considering Boston, already stuck in a three-game losing skid, were facing off against the lone team in the NHL that has accrued more points than them on the year. Add in the fact that Bruins killer Braden Holtby (17-3-0, .944 save percentage) was between the pipes — and considering Washington’s overall dominance against Boston (winners of 15 of 16 games vs. the B’s) — and Bruce Cassidy’s crew was already on the wrong side of many odds going into Wednesday’s matchup at the Capital One Arena. But, for the first 16 minutes of the contest, the Bruins were well on their way to righting the ship, with David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron beating Holtby to give the B’s a 2-0 cushion.
Well, the two-goal lead lasted for at least a minute, but after another brutal offside review wiped Bergeron’s goal off the board, things quickly went downhill for Boston. Clinging to a one-goal lead after the first intermission, the Bruins managed to hold an 11-5 edge in 5v5 shots on goal in the second period, but any breathing room was negated in short order thanks to a pair of goals from T.J Oshie just 3:30 apart.
The first tally that Jaroslav Halak surrendered was a tough hit for the Bruins, as Oshie cashed in on a power-play sequence — handed to Washington after Chris Wagner was whistled for … interference? … on this play.
One has to wonder how things could have changed in what was an eventual 3-2 Capitals victory had Bergeron’s goal not been taken off the board. Still, in what stood as Boston’s fourth consecutive loss, there were far more issues than just some more bad luck from the video-review room.
Power outage on power play continues: