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Photo: Maddie Meyer

The Capitals got back to winning ways at TD Garden on Tuesday night with a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Andre Burakovsky opened the scoring, thanks to a lovely assist from Evgeny Kuznetsov, who then followed up with a goal for himself. Marcus Johansson completed the scoring for the Caps midway through the third period with his 10th goal of the season.

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Forever Keep Rising: Caps Beat Bruins 3-2

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Photo: Maddie Meyer

The Caps headed up to Boston to face the Bruins Tuesday. With the Capitals having lost two games in a row and the Bruins coming off a 5-1 defeat in the Winter Classic for their fourth loss in five games, both teams were looking for a win. As if they don’t normally try to win. Tonight, they really tried to win. Super hard.

The Capitals opened the scoring when Evengy Kuznetsov, who is not playing in Russia anymore, skated circles around the Boston defense before Andre Burakovsky, recently promoted to the second line, unleashed a glorious shot for the goal.

After some tomfoolery, Kuznetsov added to the Capitals’ lead as he zig-zagged through the Bruins zone before beating Tuukka Rask.

Boston got one back when Brett Connolly threaded the needle with a fantastic cross-ice pass to Loui Eriksson for the marker.

Marcus Johansson regained the two goal lead with some net crashing action in the third, but Patrice Bergeron struck on the power play less than a minute later when his shot deflected off Justin Williams’s stick and past Holtby. The Caps held the Bruins there though. A new streak! Caps beat Bruins 3-2.

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Caps at Bruins Pregame: Banged Up

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Tom Wilson leads warm-ups (From Capstagram)

A shorthanded Caps team is in Boston tonight to face the shorthanded Bruins. No one likes the Bruins. No one likes Brad Marchand. Marchand won’t play tonight. He’s suspended for being a nincompoop.

The Bruins sit in fourth place in the tightly packed Atlantic Division, where no team can seem to decide if they’re any good or not.

Puck drops at 7 PM. Time for a new streak.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 28-7-3 51.4% 102.1 25.6% 84.5%
Boston Bruins 20-13-4 49.6% 100 28.6% 82.4%

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Photo: Rob Carr

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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Photo: Monumental

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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