Post-game notes: Capitals vs Bruins 3/10/12

Sorry these post-game notes are so late, but I was packing and making my epic return to Boston from the boonies of Maine. It definitely feels like spring time in Boston, which means playoffs are right around the corner. So, without further adieu, let’s discuss the 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals.

So I’m going to make this pretty short and sweet for you all.

The Bruins were not focused at all until much later in the game. The first two goals scored by the Capitals came off of rebounds. The Bruins did not have good puck control or effort against a dangerous team. The Capitals are in the hunt to make the playoffs like a lot of teams are and they managed to come back against Tampa Bay just a few days ago. The Southeast Division is hot with the Capitals leapfrogging over the Jets to earn the 8th spot in the playoff picture right now, and they are only a point behind Florida to move up to one of the top four spots. Scary.  They were a hungry team when they entered the TD Garden on Saturday afternoon and they left with the two points they desperately needed.

The Capitals were up by two goals in the first period before the Bruins got on the board on a goal by Milan Lucic. It seemed the first intermission was a good break for the B’s because they came out and scored on a sweet wrist shot from Brad Marchand to tie the game. The Bruins could not find a way to take the lead though. Moments after the Bruins killed off a tough penalty, Jay Beagle scored and pulled the Capitals ahead of the Bruins. They scored one more time on a power play goal by Brooks Laich.

Johnny Boychuk got Boston back in the hunt by cutting the deficit by one goal in the third period. That was his fifth goal of the season. The Bruins tried to even up the score by pulling Tim Thomas for the extra skater, but it did not work. The Capitals maintained the lead and earn the W.

Mike Mottau as a forward when Benoit Pouliot was scratched late in the game. Mottau played a decent game for the Bruins despite the loss. The Bruins need to step up their effort. I know they have been bitten by the injury bug, but there are still plenty of great, well-rounded players on the team that can pick up the slack and lead the Bruins to victory.

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