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Thursday, 08 December 2016 04:22

Bruins Score Three Straight To Force OT Before Losing 4-3 To Caps

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Tuukka Rask’s struggles against the Washington Capitals continued on Wednesday night, as his Bruins fought back from a 3-0 deficit to force overtime before succumbing 4-3 at Verizon Center.

Nicklas Backstrom notched the game-winner at 1:36 of the overtime, as the Bruins were caught trying to change their forwards during the 3-on-3 period, which left Brandon Carlo alone to defend all three Washington skaters.

Rask made just 16 saves in the loss, as the B’s outshot the Caps 34-20 in the loss.  He is now 1-8-5 in his career against the Caps, and has yet to pick up a win at the nation’s capital. 

Things looked pretty dreary for the B’s early on, as the Caps took a 1-0 lead just 23 seconds into the game on a great redirection from Justin Williams.  Williams crashed the net and deflected a shot from Evgeny Kuznetsov over the shoulder of Rask for his third goal of the season.

That combination struck again at the eight-minute mark of the first, as Kuznetsov set up Williams for his second goal of the night to give the Caps a 2-0 lead. 

They added a third goal with six minutes gone in the second period, with Jay Beagle and Daniel Winnik working a 2-on-1 to perfection to beat Rask for a three-goal advantage.

The Bruins started chipping away at their deficit with 3:25 left in the second, as Dominic Moore notched his seventh goal of the season, which was assisted by Anton Blidh.  Moore won the faceoff back to Zdeno Chara, who sent a wrist shot on net that was saved by Caps goalie Braden Holtby.  Holtby tried to sweep the rebound out of the crease, but Blidh was able to reach it and fire it on net.  The puck deflected off Holtby’s chest and was headed towards the net, with Moore on the doorstep to ensure the puck crossed the goal line.

David Pastrnak scored his 16th goal of the year with exactly one minute left in the middle frame, as he beat Kuznetsov to a loose puck at center ice and burst by him for a clear breakaway.  Pastrnak went to the backhand and tucked it through Holtby’s five-hole for the beautiful goal.

The B’s tied the game at 3-3 on a rare power play goal, with Colin Miller rifling a slap shot past Holtby for his second goal of the season.  Brad Marchand marched the puck through the defense before sending it back to Austin Czarnik along the boards.  Czarnik found his young defenseman for a one-time blast that ended a 0-for-14 scoreless stretch on the man advantage.

Boston has picked up at least one point in six straight games (4-0-2), and they have a quick turnaround as they will travel back to the Garden to host the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night at 7pm.

If you want MORE coverage of your team, check out Bruins Beat Podcast here on CLNS Radio! The latest episode is below and check us out on ITUNES as well!

Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.