In their second game back from the Olympic break the Boston Bruins came out flat again but this time it was against the Washington Capitals as they dropped the game 4-2 Saturday afternoon.
The first period saw the two teams play a very well rounded game. But late in the period the Bruins sent one of the league's best power play units on the power play and the Capitals made the Bruins pay as Alexander Ovechkin snipped a 45-foot slapshot in the back of the net to give the Capitals the lead 18:39 into the first.
About 2:24 into the second period it was like "deja-voo" all over again for the Bruins as the Capitals went on the power play yet again and this time Alexander Ovechkin got a 47-foot slapshot to go which extended the Capitals lead to 2-0. Marcus Johannson and Joel Ward picked up the assists. About eight minutes later the 10:08 mark the Capitals winger Joel Ward picked up 18th goal of the year to extend the Capitals lead to 3-0. The Bruins would answer 41 seconds later as center Patrice Bergeron got a 35-foot wristshot in the back as the Bruins were on the power play to cut the lead to 3-1. Dougie Hamilton and Reilly Smith made that play possible for Patrice. The Bruins were back at it at the 17:32 mark as Shawn Thorton picked up his 5th goal of the year from a nice feed from Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell. Campbell was originally given credit for the goal until the refs look at it again and saw Thorton tipped it in. The second ended with the score reading 3-2 Capitals.
The third was a flawless period for the Capitals as the only two penalties of the period were both on the Bruins. The lone score in the third game off the stick of Eric Fehr after a nice feed from Jason Chimera at the 10:53 mark of the third.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 27-of-31 shots equaling a .871 save percentage. Brian Holtby answered the bell from the Capitals stopping 36-of-38 shots for a .947 save percentage.
The Bruins were without Adam McQuaid who is still dealing with a lower body injury.
Mikhail Grabvoski sat out on Washington's side as he was dealing with an ankle injury.
The Bruins were 11-4-2 in their last 17 game before the Olympic layoff.
This was the Bruins first game against the Capitals all year.
Boston is set to hit the road for a 7:00 PM ET tilt tomorrow versus the Rangers of New York.