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BSJ Game Report: Capitals 2, Bruins 1 — B’s can’t capitalize against Caps, fall to No. 4 seed

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 2-1 loss to the Capitals in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

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B's fall to No. 4 seed, will play No. 6 Carolina in next round: 

Despite a ugly start to round-robin play, the Bruins could have salvaged their showing so far up in Toronto with two points against the Capitals on Sunday afternoon — a move that would have leapfrogged Boston over Washington in the standings and secured the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

But rather than setting themselves up for a favorable matchup against the No. 7 Islanders, the slumping B's will now have a much harder road through the playoffs, as Boston once again failed to deliver in what was ultimately a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Washington on Sunday.

With the loss, Boston officially caps off round-robin play with a 0-3-0 record, bumping the Presidents' Trophy winners from the top spot in the East to the No. 4 seed — with Bruce Cassidy's club now set to battle No. 6 Carolina in the true start of Stanley Cup Playoffs action.

Boston, who did not hold a lead once during its three round-robin losses to Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Washington, managed to generate multiple looks against Washington in Sunday's matinee — holding a 12-3 edge in high-danger scoring chances during 5v5 play.

But, in what has been a recurring trend this week, those chances haven't led to goals, with Boston's lone tally coming by way of Jake DeBrusk with 9:30 to go in the third.

Rather than ease their way into the first round, the Bruins, with plenty of questions still unanswered, now step into games with real stakes — and with a pretty unforgiving first opponent in the Hurricanes. Not great.

Bruins scuttle opening period: The Bruins, in desperate need of a response entering Sunday’s matinee, had the Caps right where they wanted them through 20 minutes of play.

Entering the first intermission, the B’s held a decisive edge in terms of puck-possession numbers and shot attempts, with Boston leading Washington in:

Shot attempts (19-10)
Shots on goal (6-2)
Scoring chances (10-5)

Of course, the one thing that Boston trailed in? What matters most — the tallies on the scoreboard.