From The Garden: Rask Gets Sixth Shutout, B’s Roll 3-0
TD Garden — Not even a week has passed and the Capitals were back at the Garden on Thursday night for round 2 against the Bruins. The Bruins were able to recover nicely from a 4-2 loss they suffered this past Saturday against the Caps with a hard fought 3-0 win.
After honoring Mark Recchi (was I the only one hoping he would lace up the skates for this game?), the Bruins and Caps squared off to start the first period. The first would remain scoreless, and truthfully the Capitals have their goaltender, Braden Holtby, to thank for that.
Despite Holtby standing on his head, the Capitals did not stand a chance against the Bruins in the second period. Just three minutes into the second, the Capitals were called for a penalty. With Tuukka Rask pulled for the extra skater, the Bruins were able to capitalize. Patrice Bergeron’s shot deflected off Gregory Campbell and past Holtby for the first goal of the game.
“Sometimes it happens to fast you just want to get a stick on it. Sometimes the puck is three, four feet off the ice it’s imperative to get the puck down.” Campbell said about his puck-tipping technique. “It’s really hard to tip it up, you’ll tip it over the net. If the puck is on the ice the opposite is true.”
After the first goal it was the Bruin’s game from there on out. Loui Eriksson would score the second goal of the night for the B’s after a wrap around pass from Carl Soderberg. The Bruins would end the second outshooting the Caps 27-8.
Unfortunately for Holtby, the bombardment of shots continued strong into the third period for the Bruins. However, their third goal came from an unassisted empty net goal by Brad Marchand with a little over a minute left to go in the game.
Tuukka Earns 6th Shutout This Season
He may have only had to save 16 shots in the entire game, but a shutout is a shutout. After denying all the Capitals shots, Rask is now leading the league with 6th shutouts this season.
The win was also Rask’s first against the Washington Capitals, coming into the game with a 0-3-3 record with a 3.55 GAA and .881 SV% against Ovechkin and company in regular season play.
“Today it was the best in a long time. To keep them to 15 shots and not too many scoring chances.” Rask said about his team’s defensive game. “So we had layers all over the ice, and defended the middle really good, and backchecked hard, and had all the elements we want. So it was great to see that.”
This is now Rask’s 22nd shutout of his NHL career.
Matt Bartkowski Shines
It was a strong overall performance for the twenty-five year old defenseman on Thursday night. Aside from his assist on Campbell’s goal, Bartkowski’s defensive play was spot on (7th Player Award anyone?).
“You know, when you talk about his game tonight, I thought he was really good.” Coach Claude Julien said about Bartkowski’s game. “He was physical, he was strong, he was moving the puck well and he skated well, so that kind of play will certainly keep him in the lineup.”
Bruins Stayed Out of the Box
Rewind to last Saturday when the Capitals scored two power play goals against the Bruins, which essentially led them to their 4-2 victory. What did the Bruins do differently this time? Well, they stayed out of trouble.
One penalty was assessed the entire game, and that penalty belonged to the Capitals. Other than that, it was five-on-five hockey the entire night.
“Well don’t forget the last time we played them they got two power play goals. I don’t think it was just their speed; basically we were behind right away.” Captain Zdeno Chara spoke about the two team’s previous match. “But them scoring those quick power-play goals, it was a different game. Like I said tonight, without power plays, we played strong five-on-five hockey.”
After the conclusion of the game, the protective netting above the glass fell into the stands, injuring two fans located down by the boards.
Two women, described as being in their 20s, were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital to be evaluated for minor injuries, police said.
One of the women was carried out on a stretcher.
The identity of the two women has not been released.