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The Capitals kept up their franchise-best start on Thursday by beating the Boston Bruins 4-1 at Verizon Center. Brooks Laich and Karl Alzner scored their first goals of the season, with Michael Latta getting his first point, handing the Bruins their first loss on the road this season. Alex Ovechkin got his 7th goal of the season, moving closer to becoming the highest Russian-born goal scorer in the NHL, moving to 482 goals, one behind Sergei Fedorov’s record of 483.

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Caps beat Bruins 4-1: One of Your Faves Probably Scored


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The Washington Capitals, like a luxury liner, sometimes take a while to get going. The Bruins had the best of them early on Thursday, but once the Caps accumulated momentum there was no stopping them.

Like I said, the Bs were in control early, and Jimmy Hayes’ power-play tip-in made the scoreboard reflect it. But before the first period was over, the Caps were stirring. Alex Ovechkin scored while falling to tie game at the close of twenty minutes.

The Capitals owned the second period, which featured Brooks Laich’s first goal this season, a tip-in off Orlov’s shot; and a perfectly executed 5-on-3 goal setup by Backstrom and finished by John Carlson.

Alzner sunk an empty-netter late because he’s a goal hog who only wants to inflate his personal stats.

Caps beat Bruins 4-1. Woot.

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Caps vs Bruins Pregame: A Schmidty Situation


Fresh off being further embarrassed by the Tyler Seguin trade, the Bruins come to town to face a Caps team that’s looking to bounce back from an uneven performance against Rangers on Tuesday.

Before we fully shift our focus to tonight’s game, lets revisit the hug heard ’round the world. Non-Flawed Human Nate Schmidt spoke on the subject today and said that getting hugged by Alex Ovechkin is like getting hit by a bus.

Peter, who also speaks for me on this topic, is so excited that he’s tweeting about his nipples.

Back to the Bruins. Let’s check in on their psyche:

In your head, Krejci! In. Your. Head.

Schmidt’s team plays at 7 PM. The trusty CSN channel on your teevee has the coverage.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 8-3-0 56.1% 99.6 22.6% 88.2%
Boston Bruins 6-4-1 51.3% 99.7 34.2% 70%

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Caps Bruins Photos: Fight Night At Verizon Center

Photo: Amanda Bowen

The story of the Capitals’ 2-1 shootout win over the Boston Bruins on Friday night wasn’t Alex Ovechkin’s game-tying goal with just two minutes left or the new skycam. It was the fights.

My favorite part was when the scraps resulted in three players from each team in the sin bin. TJ Oshie, Tom Wilson and Liam O’Brien taunted two raging Bruins, Kevan Miller and Adam McQuaid, as David Pastrnak watched from behind them. It was one of those moments where you really wish they had a mic down there to record the conversations between detainees. They went on until the ref entered the Bruins box to have them sit down.

The game was the perfect introduction to the sport for the first timers who attended with me. Four fights, goals to tie it at one, three-on-three overtime, and a shootout win. You can’t get much better than that.

Here is what I captured in my first visit back to Verizon Center this season.

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Braden Holtby, file photo.

The Caps looked so freaking ready for the playoffs during Wednesday’s blowout win over the Boston Bruins.

John Carlson scored in the first, taking a cross-ice pass from Nick Backstrom and shooting high glove. Backstrom also pinched in on the next goal, a cannon by Matt Niskanen. In the second period, Marcus Johansson scored his 20th of the season off a wonderful pass by Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Braden Holtby looked a god among insects in the third period.

Caps beat Bruins 3-0. Holtby’s league-leading 9th shutout of the season.

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Caps vs Bruins Pregame: Fight for Home Ice


Since their last game, the Capitals secured a playoff spot. At this point it’s really unlikely they’ll even need a wild card spot. Tonight’s game against the formerly big bad Bruins and Saturday’s finale against the Rangers are really about vying for the home-ice advantage that being a higher seed affords.

If that makes this game less exciting for you, let me remind you that Alex Ovechkin will be playing in it.

Puck drops at 8 PM on stupid NBCSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 44-25-11 51.9% 100.2 25.3% 81.3%
Boston Bruins 41-25-13 51.9% 100.3 17.9% 81.9%

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Caps at Sabres Pregame: Stack the Pads, Pad the Stats


That pic is from 2011 and it’s awesome. (Photo: Gary Wiepert)

The Capitals played terrifically last night en route to a shutout win over the rival Boston Bruins. That was a high-stakes game against a good foe. Tonight: not so much.

Tonight the Caps will pad their stats and hopefully not blow a solid chance at two points on the road in Buffalo.

Puck drops at 7 PM. The game’s on CSN Plus, so if I find out you watched the NBC Sports feed I will flip out on you.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 37-23-10 51.8% 100.3 25.0% 81.3%
Buffalo Sabres 19-43-6 36.6% 100.1 10.9% 74.7%

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Alright, listen. There was a game and the Caps won, but all I really care about is that Nate Schmidt scored. I’m not gonna play it cool and dedicate just a single, solemn bullet to Nate’s goal because you will all know I’m being disingenuous.

So here, up front, is John Walton calling Nate Schmidt’s goal.


And up top is a photo of him being happy because that’s what he does. That’s what relentlessly positive Nate Schmidt does.

And here’s what I looked like after the goal.

Anyway, the Caps beat the Bruins. John Carlson also scored. Holtby got a shutout. Let’s talk about it.

Caps beat Bruins 2-0.

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Caps vs Bruins Pregame: The Big Game

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This might be the most important game of the season. The Bruins, on a hot streak, have surged from no-man’s land. The Capitals are injured and sick, they can’t score to save their lives right now, they’re basically out of the division race, and they’re barely holding onto a wild card spot.

This a four-point game, and it will factor large into who does what after April 11.

7:30 PM on NBC Sports. I’m going to puke.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 36-23-10 51.7% 100.3 24.6% 81.0%
Boston Bruins 36-22-10 52.3% 100.5 17.8% 82.1%

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Caps beat Bruins 4-0, Ovi Nets Two, Holtby Perfect

Brian Babineau

Photo: Brian Babineau

Sore over losing a well-played game on Thursday, the Capitals came out blazing against the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Spurred by a two-spot from the captain, the Caps had this one covered early– but a sterling effort from Braden Holtby made it a lock.

Alex Ovechkin kicked his season off with an Ovi goal from the Ovi spot on the power play. Before the first frame was over, Ovi added another– this time at evens, but again assisted by Nick Backstrom.

The second PP unit made it 3-0 in the second period as Mike Green swept in a one-timer from the weak side.

In the third, Andre Burakovsky fed John Carlson in the high slot to make it 4-0 [Update: The goal is now credited to Joel Ward]. The Bruins got cranky and cantankerous and canker sore but couldn’t score because they stink.

Caps beat Bruins 4-0. Holtby is the best.

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