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BSJ Game Report: Bruins 6, Capitals 3 – Veterans lead way as B’s win 4th straight

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 6-3 win over the Capitals  in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

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Key cogs lift B's to fourth straight win

A lot has been said over the last week about the contributions of Boston's trade-deadline pickups of Taylor Hall, Mike Reilly and Curtis Lazar and how their additions have (justifiably) lifted the Bruins during this recent resurgence.

But let's not forget — this veteran core is still pretty damn good too.

Boston's key cogs once again did most of the heavy lifting on Sunday afternoon — with Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Brad Marchand each scoring two goals apiece en route to a 6-3 win over the Capitals. With the win, Boston has now won four straight games since the deadline — and now sit just six points behind Washington for first place in the East Division with three games in hand.

Tuukka Rask earned his second straight win since returning from injury — stopping 30 of the 33 shots that came his way in the win — while Craig Smith also recorded a multi-point afternoon with a pair of helpers.

Boston appeared to be in control through most of the first period, with Bergeron beating Vitek Vanecek with a crafty backhand shot for a shorthanded strike just 12:02 into the contest — with Krejci doubling Boston's lead less than two minutes later. But a defensive breakdown from Mike Reilly and Charlie McAvoy gave the Caps new life, with T.J. Oshie beating Rask with just 9.9 seconds left in the period to make it a 2-1 game.

A costly double-minor assessed to Connor Clifton in the second period further fueled Washington's rally — with the Caps lighting the lamp twice on the four-minute man advantage to take a 3-2 lead. But Boston countered with four straight goals to close things out, with Krejci's second goal of the day at 16:02 in the second giving the B's the lead for god.

And of course, it wouldn't be a Bruins/Caps game without some seriously questionable hits. While Bruce Cassidy noted postgame that the play in which Tom Wilson sent Sean Kuraly briefly to the room with a hit was "incidental" (granted, I think you'd be justified in not giving a guy with Wilson's rap sheet the benefit of the doubt), the Caps still managed to inflict some heavy damage on Boston — with Jarred Tinordi knocked headfirst into the boards by Garnet Hathaway and Alex Ovechkin not whistled for what looked to be a high hit on Charlie McAvoy. 

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It's going to be a very, very ... eventful series if these two teams meet in the postseason.

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