The Washington Capitals bounced into Boston on Saturday afternoon for a mid season match up against the Bruins. Following a sloppy 4-1 win on Thursday against Florida, Boston looked to keep the train rolling, with perhaps a better style of play and a little Irish luck. Boston took the ice for warm ups in green St. Patrick’s Day jersey’s, which were auctioned off during the game to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.
The last time these two teams met, it found Washington with a win after a comeback third period. Boston took the win 4-1, with goals from unusual suspects. David Krejci (17:15 – 1st), Andrew Ference (08:02 – 2nd), Rich Peverley (PPG, 02:41 – 3rd) and a Gordie Howe Hat Trick from Nathan Horton (14:12 – 1st). Credit to Marcus Johansson (01:24 – 2nd) for the lone Washington goal.
With critics aplenty coming into the season, the worries can be put to bed as Tuukka Rask has been shining in net for Boston. Another relief off the shoulders for Bruins fans can be found in backup goaltender Anton Khudobin. Yet again proving his worth between the pipes for Boston after stopping 32 of 33 shots. Khudobin played the puck with ease and came up big throughout the game. With an extremely packed schedule, it’s a relief to have two capable goalies on the roster.
A 4-1 win for the books will be behind them and hopefully the luck o’ the Bruin will trickle into Sunday evenings contest, as Boston meets the Penguins. Retribution will be the name of the game, after Boston suffered a disheartening loss in Pittsburgh earlier in the week. Following the game Sunday, Boston will hit the Canadian circuit with games in Winnipeg, Ottawa and Toronto.