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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Ovechkin and the Capitals make the NHL (somewhat) interesting
Last night's game stood out like a sore thumb on the schedule as it matched up the NHL's highest-scoring team (the Washington Capitals) vs. the lowest-scoring team (your Boston Bruins).
The action was entirely predictable as the B's (23-22-9) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period but gave up three third period goals to lose 4-1 at the TD Garden.
The top team in the Eastern Conference and I'd argue the best in the league, Washington (38-12-6) won its franchise-best eleventh game in a row while the hapless Bruins stumbled to their eighth straight defeat.
David Krejci gave Boston the early 1-0 lead with a power-play goal, his 10th of the season, 6:58 into the game from Marc Savard and Dennis Wideman.
Former Bruin Mike Knuble scored his 19th goal (which would make him the team leader for the Bruins) in the second period before Washington's third period finale.
Brooks Laich and Boyd Gordon (outstanding name) both scored in the third before Alexander Ovechkin, the two-time reigning MVP, added an empty-netter.
The Capitals' biggest issue is goaltending but the Bruins made Jose Theodore (41 saves) look like Martin Brodeur at the top of his game.
Absolutely everything is going wrong for Boston at this point and injuries are no longer an excuse as Savard, Marco Sturm, Steve Begin and Byron Bitz are all back in the lineup.
Between now and the trade deadline (and keep in mind during the Olympics there's a roster freeze), the Bruins' front office will have to consider whether to make a big move (Ilya Kovalchuk) by dealing some players and draft picks (which they have an abundance of), fire head coach Claude Julien (the wrong call) or just sit and watch the team further implode, if that's even possible.
They host the Canadiens tomorrow night, that bitter rivalry will hopefully breath some life into this lifeless franchise.