BOSTON – The undermanned Bruins finally ran into one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, and they predictably looked like they were outgunned.
The Bruins never held a lead and allowed a back-breaking goal in the final minutes of the second period to drop a 3-2 decision to the Washington Capitals at TD Garden on Saturday night. Washington agitator and cheap shot artist Tom Wilson scored two of the three goals for the Capitals to add more than a little insult to the injury.
Wilson got the scoring party started in the first period when he flipped home the rebound off a Lars Eller shot after the Bruins had fumbled away a defensive zone face-off win. Six minutes later the Capitals doubled their advantage when Alex Ovechkin ripped his 11th goal of the season from his favorite scoring area in the left face-off circle, and Washington was off and running at that point.
The Bruins halved the Washington lead when David Pastrnak got behind the Capitals defense for his seventh score of the season, and it looked like the B’s would be able to at least make a push in the third period of a one-goal game. Instead, Wilson got a high tip on a Brooks Orpik point shot that rocketed right under the crossbar in the final minutes of the second period, and Boston’s spirit seemed to be pretty much broken.
The Bruins got a four-minute power play in the third period courtesy of a nasty Brooks Orpik high stick on Pastrnak, but weren’t able to shrink the gap until another Pastrnak PP strike in the final few minutes of regulation. The B’s couldn’t come up with the last-second empty-netter in order to push things into the extra session.