Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins Tuesday night in TD Garden:
How it happened: Evgeny Kuznetsov set up a first-period goal by Andre Burakovsky and netted a power-play goal in the second period and Braden Holtby stopped 25 of 27 shots to lead the Caps to their first win of 2016 and end a two-game losing streak.
What it means: The Caps (29-7-3) won for the first time since Dec. 30 and moved ahead of the Dallas Stars atop the NHL standings with 61 points. The Stars lost for the third straight time, making the Caps the only team in the NHL without back-to-back regulation losses.
Kuz-tastic: Kuznetsov now has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in his past eight games and has matched last season’s total of 37 points. Kuznetsov is on pace to lead the Caps with 77 points (27 goals, 50 assists) this season.
"I think the whole team has bigger points, right? I don't care about my game," Kuznetsov told reporters.
Holt-beast: Holtby improved his personal points streak to 19 games. The Caps are 17-0-2 in Holtby’s last 19 decisions and he has not lost a game in regulation since Nov. 10 in Detroit when the Caps lost 1-0 to the Red Wings Holtby is now 9-2-0 against the Bruins in his career.
Bura-cuda: After going 25 games without a goal, Caps left wing Andre Burakovsky has two goals in his last four games.
Proving his worth: Marcus Johansson scored a dirty game-winning goal in the second period, crashing the net to pound his 10th goal of the season past Tuukka Rask. Playing third-line center in place of the injured Jay Beagle, Johansson now has three goals and two assists in his last four games. Johansson also won 6 of 10 faceoffs after losing 14 of 16 on Saturday night.
McKnockout: Caps fourth-line center Zach Sill knocked Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid out of the game with a big hit 4:47 into the second period. If you recall, McQuaid surprisingly fought T.J. Oshie when the two teams met in the preseason and left Oshie with a black eye.
What’s next: The Caps are scheduled to practice in Boston on Wednesday before flying to New York, where they’ll face the Islanders in Brooklyn on Thursday. The Isles just lost defenseman Johnny Boychuk but are expected to have goaltender Jaroslav Halak back in the lineup.