Shots on Goal: Holtby Out Duels Rask, 3-2
A Marcus Johansson goal midway through the third period proved to be the difference maker Tuesday night as the Washington Capitals broke their 2-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins.
Braden Holtby (25-4-2) notched the victory for Washington stopping 27 shots. Holtby has been a Bruins killer since entering the league, accumulating a 9-2-0 record. His first win came against Boston on November 10, 2010 and the nine victories and three shutouts against Boston are his best totals against any NHL team.
Hotlby kept the Boston power play, best in the NHL, silent in the first period as the Bruins had two opportunities to grab an early lead when Karl Alzner and Jason Chimera were whistled for infractions.
Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov hooked up and gave Washington an early lead when Burakovsky buried a backdoor wrister past Tuukka Rask at 15:01.
The Capitals struck again midway through the second when Kuznetsov skated in on Rask and roofed a high wrist shot to the back of the net. The Caps center has been hot as of late with nine points and four goals in his last eight games.
Boston got on the board just a couple of minutes later when Brett Connolly faked a shot from the right circle and hit Loui Eriksson in the left circle who dumped it in for his 14th goal of the season.
Patrice Bergeron scored Boston’s second goal on the power play at 11:52 in the third period.
With Rask pulled for the final 1:41, Boston had numerous scoring chances but were unable to convert.
“We’re not creating as many chances as we used to,” said goaltender Tuukka Rask, who stopped 26 of 29 shots. “I think that’s probably the difference. That’s really all I can see from my perspective, probably. Obviously, we’re missing a couple of key forwards, so that goes to say that. But I think offensively, we’re not kind of getting inside there and getting those second chances or clear third chances. I think that’s the biggest thing we need to improve on.”