By: Mike Grinnell
Tuukka Rask’s 26 Saves weren’t enough to beat the first place Washington Capitals on Tuesday night, as the Bruins fell 3-2, which is their 5th loss in 6 games.
“I think our guys tried – really tried” Coach Julien told reporters after the game. “But at the same time you know in this league you got to win hockey games so we got to be disappointed, we got to be maybe hungrier for next game so that we can turn things around here and hopefully the bitterness in our mouth from losing tonight is going to carry into Thursday here in New Jersey – Friday, sorry.”
Led by Braden Holtby, who made 25 saves, and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who tallied a goal and an assist, the 29-7-3 Capitals ended a two-game losing streak and now sit 9 points ahead of any team in the Eastern Conference.
“it’s really important for us that our mentality never was loss in the second game in the row and that’s heartening to lose a couple, and you know to be very important to us that just be there” Evgeny Kuznetsov told reporters after Tuesday night’s victory.
The Russian also went on to talk about his improvement from last season. “I think all team members have good points right? I don’t care about my game, I want to say better words right now.”
Andre Burakovsky led the scoring off, 15:01 into the first period. The 20-year-old Austrian received a backdoor pass from Kuznetsov, putting it upstairs and past Rask, to put the Caps up 1-0.
Kutznetsov extended the Caps lead to 2 when 12:40 into the second period, he beat Rask on a high wrist shot.
Loui Eriksson cut the Capitals lead to 2-1, scoring on a pass from Brett Connolly, beating Holtby 15:26 into the second period.
Marcus Johanasson added the final goal for the Capitals, scoring 10:41 into the 3rd period. Though Patrice Bergeron would add his 15th of the season for the Bruins just minutes later, Johanasson’s goal would be the game winner, as the Capitals held on 3-2.
The Bruins also lost Adam McQuaid during the second period, after Capitals forward Zach Sill checked McQuaid from behind. There was no penalty called on the play, but the NHL player’s safety has already issused a statement saying they will review the play.
The Bruins are off until Friday, where they head to New Jersey to start a 5 game road trip.
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