Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 2-1 overtime win over the Bruins Saturday night in Boston:
How it happened: Matt Niskanen beat Tuukka Rask at the 2:36 mark of overtime to give the Capitals a thrilling victory in a game that saw an overturned goal in the second period loom large. With the win the Capitals pushed to 100 points on the season, the eighth time in franchise history they have reached the century mark. They are now one point away from matching their total from last season with 17 games left to play.
Wait a second: Torey Krug appeared to put the Bruins up 2-0 at the 16:43 mark in the second period, but a closer look by the refs determined an offside violation. Barry Trotz saw something on the replay and ordered a challenge. The overturned call kept the Caps within striking distance and allowed Karl Alzner to tied it up in the second period.
Alz good: Alzner scored his fourth goal of the season and his first on the road of 2015-16. Alzner snapped in a Nicklas Backstrom pass that found him in the crease. It was the equalizer that ultimately gave the Caps a chance to win in the extra period.
First period woes: The Caps allowed the first goal for the 10th time in their last 12 games. This one was Patrice Bergeron’s 26th goal of the season. Brad Marchand got the assist by setting him up with a nice pass to find Bergeron to the left of Philipp Grubauer. The score at the end of the first was 1-0 despite some good chances for the Caps, who ended the frame up 9-7 in shots on goal.
Major for Ovi: Alex Ovechkin was called for a five minute major penalty at the 5:36 mark in the second period. Ovechkin hit Kevan Miller from behind and was called for boarding. A scrum between the teams ensued and Marchand was handed a two minute stay in the box. Tom Wilson later got an interference charge to give the Bruins a 5-on-3 advantage the Caps were eventually able to survive.
Boston beatdown: The Capitals have now won six straight games against the Boston Bruins, which is a franchise record (151 games). The Caps moved to 22-7-2 on the road and have earned a point in 20 of their last 25 road games. The Caps remain the only team in hockey without two consecutive regulation losses this season.
Look Ahead: The Caps face Bruce Boudreau and the Ducks on Monday. After that it’s a showdown with the Kings on Wednesday, with Justin Williams and Mike Richards making their first trip back to L.A. as members of the Caps. They then face Joel Ward and the Sharks on Saturday.