The Boston Bruins fell 4-2 to the Washington Capitals today as the B’s ended their four-game road trip unsuccessfully and weren’t able to come back after losing their 2-1 lead. The Bruins also lost Matt Grzelyck early.
Seven minutes into the contest Trent Frederic’s goal was waved off due to him kicking it in, and the teams took a 0-0 tie into the second period but John Carlson drew first blood four minutes into the second period with a clapper from the point that beat Linus Ullmark. Minutes later though Nick Foligno went behind Vitek Vanecek and found Curtis Lazar with an open net to tie it at 1.
Just a minute following that, Bruins then took the lead as Charlie McAvoy fed Erik Haula who entered the zone and took a slap shot from the faceoff dot to put Boston up 2-1. But Tom Wilson found the back of the net with five minutes remaining in the second as Wilson picked up a rebound in which Ullmark was unaware of the freezable puck being directly in front of him.
Eight minutes into the third the skate of Haula ended up costing the B’s as Lars Eller attempted a backdoor cross-ice pass but instead found the go-ahead goal as it deflected off the skate of Haula and past Ullmark. With 0.3 seconds left, Alex Ovechkin netted the empty-netter to give Washington the 4-2 win.
Boston returns back home Tuesday to take on the Blues Tuesday night before hosting the Senators Thursday and the Penguins Saturday.
Out of town scoreboard
The Maple Leafs clinched a playoff berth with a 3-2 win over the Canadiens yesterday while the Lightning play later today against the Sabres. Here’s a look at the current standings in the Atlantic Division and wild card.
2. TOR – 72 GP, 100 PTS
3. BOS – 72 GP, 95 PTS
4. TB – 71 GP, 94 PTS
1. TB – 71 GP, 94 PTS
2. WSH – 72 GP, 90 PTS
No one is likely to catch the Capitals for the last wild card spot, so the eight teams are basically set with nine or ten games left for every team.
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