For the second time in three nights, the Washington Capitals fell to the Boston Bruins, being victimized by the astounding goaltending of Tim Thomas. A injury-riddled Caps team again seemed dis-joined and had trouble clearing the puck, advancing through the neutral zone, and setting up the attack. Michael Ryder scored late in the 1st to put the B’s on the board, followed by tallies in the 2nd period by Jordan Caron and Nathan Horton, netting his fourth goal in 5 games. DC was finally able to pierce Thomas in the 3rd, albeit not on a brilliant play, but when he fumbled a pass that wound up making its way to Jason Chimera. Boston closed out the night adding a PP tally from Zdeno Chara in the waining seconds of the game.
– Good on Chimmer for putting away Thomas’ flubbed pass. A goal is still a goal, y’know.
– Although allowing 4 goals (and not getting any help from his team), Semyon Varlamov played very well and didn’t seem rusty at all in his first start.
– Best player of the night? Marcus Johansson, bar none. He really seemed to find his groove on the second line, and has played like a different man since getting the monkey off his back since scoring his first NHL goal.
– The Caps know that when they’re on the Power Play it means they take the shots at the net, right? Seems like the other team always has the puck.
– Enter, stage left: The Capitals Penalty Kill of 2009-10.
– Anyone know what was going on when Boudreau put in a cold Michal Neuvirth with 2:49 left in the game? Maybe his new contract was incentive laden, and he needs to log minutes in every game? Maybe Varly needed to hit the head? Either way, he sure looked ready for those 47 seconds before SV1 returned.
– Bruce Boudreau’s language about halfway through the game. Hope the kids can’t lip-read!
– I know my thoughts (hence where it stands in the recap), but I’ll let you be the judge on this.