Special Teams Play Helps Bruins Take 4-1 Victory, 3-1 Series Lead

The Boston Bruins looked to take a demanding 3-1 series lead on Friday against the Washington Capitals.

The Boston Bruins defense was phenomenal during the first period only allowing four shots on goal during the whole period.

A controversial hit by Dmitry Orlov on Kevan Miller led in the second led to the first Boston Bruins power play goal, a shot by Pastrnak that got redirected by Marchand to take a 1-0 lead.

David Pastrnak entered the game with a five game goal drought that was broken up on another power play goal 29 seconds into the third period. It took a total of 34 seconds for Charlie Coyle to find the back of the net taking a commanding 3-0 lead in the early stages of the third period.

Washington would finally get on the board with a power play goal from Alex Ovechkin. Boston’s power play unit wasn’t done when Matt Grzelcyk would find the back of the net to take a 4-1 lead.

Boston went on to win the game 4-1 and take a demanding 3-1 series lead and win the previous three straight. The win was a meaningful one for Tuuka Rask as it was his 54th playoff win in his career, a new franchise record. The old record was held by Gerry Cheevers, who helped the Bruins to a 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cup Championship.

“All facets were solid special teams speak for themselves structure was excellent we stuck with it and got rewarded eventually,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said.

The Capitals went just 1/7 on the power play.

Boston will look to end the series and move on to the second round on Sunday in the Capital One Arena.

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