Five Observations: Bruins vs Capitals

The Boston Bruins lost their winning streak on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Washington Capitals by a score of 4-3. Here are my five observations from the game.

Number Five- Seven Defensemen

After scratching Beniot Pouliot, the Bruins decided to dress seven defensemen for the first time this season. How did that work out for them? Well, Joe Corvo struggled and was a part of the reason that Washington scored their second goal. Claude Julien said that he was not sure if Pouliot would make the road trip.

Number Four- Milan Lucic

Milan Lucic scored a goal in this game, and has overall played very well of late. However, after the game, Julien mentioned the goals against that that line gives up, stating that if they score goals and give them up, it’s just a wash.

Number Three- Comeback

The Bruins were down by two like it says above, but a goal from Milan Lucic with five seconds left in the first period to cut the Capitals lead in half. Brad Marchand would score midway into the second period to tie the game. His semi breakaway goal was good, and the game stayed tied for about six or seven minutes before Jay Beagle scored for the Caps.

Number Two- Second Period

Is there a reason why this team struggles in the second period? I think we would all like to know. But once again, this was the period that killed the Bruins. Sure, they tied the game for a while, but after that they allowed three power plays for the Capitals, and gave up two goals to trail by two once again.

Number One- Quick Start

The Washington Capitals got off to a quick start, going up 2-0 within the first thirteen minutes of the game. Alexander Semin scored his 18th goal of the season while Matt Hendricks scored his fourth. The Bruins called a time out immediately after the second goal. The Bruins would then get two power plays in the first period, but were not able to capitalize on either.

The Bruins look to rebound tomorrow against Pittsburgh.

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