The Boston Bruins fell to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night, 5-3. The Bruins had defeated the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday after losing to the New York Rangers on Saturday. Here are my five observations from tonight’s game.
Number Five- Brad Marchand
In his fourth game back from suspension, Brad Marchand scored his 17th goal of the season to tie Nathan Horton for the most goals on the team. Marchand showed a lot of energy in a rough loss for the Bruins, so that has to be a good sign.
Number Four- Tuukka Rask
Tuukka Rask was in net tonight after Thomas won against Philadelphia on Saturday. Maybe they wanted to give Thomas an extended All-Star break, but after an impressive shootout win on Saturday, one has to wonder if Thomas not starting instead has to do with his White House controversy from yesterday.
Number Three- Crash the Net
One of the best things the Bruins did tonight was crash the net. All three of their goals came from having a presence around the net. Rich Peverley’s goal bounced off a defender, Tyler Seguin backhanded the puck right in the crease and Brad Marchand scored off of a rebound.
Number Two- Defense
The defense in this game was about as bad as a Bruins defense can be. They were without Andrew Ference, but typical cogs in the defensive lineup did not look right all game. Adam McQuaid, Johnny Boychuk and Joe Corvo all had costly turnovers.
Number One- Power Play
Once again, this is what breaks the back of the Bruins. The Bruins could not execute their power play late in the game, and the Capitals got energy off of the kill and went down and scored. This is an issue that must be fixed.
The Bruins have the All-Star break and return a week from tonight in Ottawa.