Here's the Tale of the Tape for tonight's game between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals:
Mar. 5 – BOS 3 @ WSH
Mar. 16 – WSH 1 @ BOS 4
Apr. 27 – BOS @ WSH
NEWS AND NOTES
* Jaromir Jagr (flu) and Nathan
Horton (upper body) did not make the trip down to D.C.
* With a win in Washington and a loss of any kind by Montreal, the Bruins would clinch the Northeast Division.
Boston: 28-13-5, 61 points
(1st in division, 2nd in conference)
Washington: 26-18-3, 55 points (1st in division, 3rd in conference)
BOS / WSH
GOALS: Brad Marchand (18) / Alex
ASSISTS: Bergeron, Krejci (22) / Nick Backstrom (40)
POINTS: Brad Marchand (36) / Alex Ovechkin (54)
PLUS-MINUS: Patrice Bergeron (+25) /
Eric Fehr (+14)
PIM: Zdeno Milan Lucic (70) / Matt Hendricks (73)
SHOTS: Tyler Seguin (153) / Alex Ovechkin (217)
TIME ON ICE: Zdeno Chara (24:53) / Mike Green (24:49)
WINS: Tuukka Rask (19) / Braden
GAA: Tuukka Rask (1.94) / Braden Holtby (2.61)
SV%: Tuukka Rask (.931) / Braden Holtby (.919)
ON A ROLL
Boston: Tuukka Rask (0.85 GAA in last 3 GP), Tyler Seguin (6 pts in last 8 GP)
Washington: Alex Ovechkin (6 pts in last 3 GP), Mike Green (4 pts in last 3 GP)
Boston: Andrew Ference (0 pts in last 4 GP), Rich Peverley (0 pts in last 7 GP)
Washington: Martin Erat (0 pts in last 3 GP), Eric Fehr (0 pts in last 4 GP)
Boston: The Bruins are 4-1 in their
last five penultimate regular-season games.
Washington: The Capitals are 3-3-1 in their last seven regular-season finales.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
* The Capitals have locked up the third seed and the Southeast Division crown and will conclude their regular-season tonight. One has to think they’ll be taking it a little easy and resting up their stars a bit.
* The Bruins, meanwhile, are rolling
out their top guns – shy of the ill and injured ones –
with a chance to nail down the No. 2 seed in the conference
potentially on the line. For the B’s sake, it’d be nice
if they could mount a nearly-insurmountable lead early and ease up
on Zdeno Chara and the rest of their key cogs before giving them a
full day off tomorrow when the Sens come to town.
* If Boston locks up the division tonight, tomorrow’s a complete throwaway game. They need to build off the effort they had against Tampa on Thursday, get another strong outing from Rask and head into the postseason feeling like they’ve gotten back on track over the last few days here. The biggest concern? Boston’s been meh on the road for a long while and Rask is 0-2-2 with a 3.61 GAA against the Caps. Ruh roh?
Boston: Tuukka Rask (19-9-4, 1.94, .931)
Washington: Braden Holtby (22-12-1, 2.61, .919)
Marchand – Bergeron – Seguin
Lucic – Krejci – Peverley
Soderberg – Kelly – Daugavins
Paille – Campbell – Thornton
Chara – Seidenberg
Ference – Boychuk
Redden – McQuaid
Johansson – Backstrom – Ovechkin
Erat – Ribeiro – Brouwer
Chimera – Perreault – Fehr
Volpatti – Hendricks – Beagle
Alzner – Green
Erskine – Carlson
Hillen – Olesky
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