The Washington Capitals, the runaway leaders in the National Hockey League points standings, got a goal from defenseman Matt Niskanen in overtime and pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 33 saves, 20 of them in the second period, as the Capitals, who killed a 1:49 two-man disadvantage in that second period, completed their second straight 3-0 season sweep of the Bruins. The Washington Capitals have played in nine straight one goal games, seven of which have been by scores of 3-2.
“A little bit of pressure at the beginning of the year with being that No. 2 goalie, making the jump full time and I think every game he has gotten better and better”. “You don’t want to be in position to take a penalty, but the referee said I get 5 minutes because I was heavier than him”.
“I think we had a pretty good week at home”, Bruins forward Brad Marchand said. Patrice Bergeron scored Boston’s only goal.
“Heck of a hockey game”, Niskanen said. “It’s not getting any easier, and we have some tough games ahead of us”. A second potential Boston goal was taken off the board in the second period after Washington challenged and the linesman agreed that Loui Eriksson was offside on the play.
Washington tied it 1-all with 7 minutes left in the second when Alex Ovechkin passed across the ice to Nicklas Backstrom, who sent it back the other way to Alzner in front. With Ovechkin in the penalty box and Dmitry Orlov later called for interference, the Bruins had a 5-on-3 for 1:50. They were by far the best group of forwards for the Washington Capitals last night, and they were rewarded when Beagle recorded the Caps’ first tally of the night on a second chance try. “A kill like that, it’s a huge momentum swing”. The Bruins did a video happy birthday tribute to club great Milt Schmidt on his 98th birthday. Rask has been playing well, allowing a total of five goals over his past three games. Grubauer has had a very solid season to this point; however, the Bruins will certainly get a boost from not having to play the likely-Vezina victor.