Five Observations: Bruins Beat Up Capitals

This was a revenge game for the Boston Bruins. Last year they fell to the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs, and just last week they blew a 3-0 first period lead to these same Caps. Today, they hosted the Capitals at home. The Bruins came out on top with a 4-1 victory where they beat the Capitals in all aspects of the game.

Number Five: Line Switch?

The game started out with Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell and… Patrice Bergeron? That’s right, that was the Bruins line to open the game. Minutes later, however, Bergeron was back on with Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand and Paille and Campbell were back with Shawn Thornton. Why were Paille and Campbell with Bergeron to start the game?

Number Four: About time for Lucic Line

The second line, if you want to call it that, has been miserable the last few games. Nathan Horton hadn’t scored in nine games before today. Milan Lucic picked up two assists in the first period as Horton and David Krejci lit the lamp.

Number Three: Shooting Lanes

The Bruins had an incredible amount of shooting lanes wide open to them throughout the game, created through setting up plays wisely and they scored three goals because of these open lanes. They did a good job taking what Washington was giving them.

Number Two: One K, One U, Two Points?

Anthon Khudobin has done the job whenever called upon, now playing in his sixth game of the season. There were concerns of if he was a viable backup for the Bruins, but it seems like he has proven he can be reliable when called on.

Number One: Get Ready to Rumble

It was fight night in Boston with three bouts; first, Brad Marchand took on first time combatant Mike Ribeiro. A few seconds later, Nathan Horton laid a beating onto Matt Hendricks. Then in the third period Hendricks dropped them again with Adam McQuaid. Overall, these fights could have happened way earlier in the game, but the refs seemed to restrict it until the end of the second period when they finally let them go at it.

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