Post-game analysis of the Caps’ 2-1 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins Friday night at Verizon Center:
How it happened: The Caps got off to a rough start when they left Loui Eriksson all alone at the side of the net and he put in his own rebound to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead just 4:06 into the game. After that it was the Tuukka Rask show. The Bruins’ veteran goaltender stopped all 15 shots he faced, including point-blank attempts by Justin Williams, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson. Alex Ovechkin sent the game into overtime when he snapped a Kuznetsov pass through replacement goalie Jeremy Smith with 2:34 remaining in regulation.
Shootout: T.J. Oshie started with a goal, Ryan Spooner was stopped by Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored again for the Caps and David Krejci was stopped by Holtby, who remained perfect in his last four appearances against the Bruins, refusing to allow a goal.
3-ON-3: The Caps started the 3-on-3 OT with center Evgeny Kuznetsov and defensemen Karl Alzner and John Carlson. Jay Beagle took a hooking penalty with 64 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Bruins a 4-on-3 but Holtby stood tall.
Power-less: The Caps went 0-for-5 on the power play but generated a ton of chances and significant offensive zone time.
Fight night: Let’s see. Liam O’Brien fought Tyler Randell in the first period, quickly followed by Tom Wilson popping the helmet off Kevan Miller and bloodying his face in another fight. T.J. Oshie got into the act when he accepted a challenge from 6-foot-4, 212-pound Adam McQuaid, who delivered a few head shots to the Caps’ star right wing and was given an instigator and misconduct. Seconds after that, with the Caps on the power play, Tom Wilson gave Miller a second crack at him and took a few shots to the head at the end of the fight.
Oshie-rama: T.J. Oshie had a very active fourth preseason game for the Caps. He drew a pair of penalties, collided with Alex Ovechkin in the neutral zone, completed a beautiful spin-a-rama that led to a scoring chance, blocked a shot, and dropped the gloves with McQuaid.
Gotta love Orlov: Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov threw his patented hip check in the first period and a long and active shift in the second period, blocking a shot and twice clearing the puck.
Split the difference: Derek Roy and Chandler Stephenson split time on a second line with Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams and both saw significant time on the power play but neither player seemed to separate himself from the other as they battle for a roster spot. Roy had one shot in 14:27 of ice time. Stephenson had no shots in 13:40.
Gruby in and out: Philipp Grubauer saw just one period of action and allowed one goal on seven shots before giving way to Braden Holtby, who got his first taste of 3-on-3. Holtby, who did not allow a goal against the Bruins in three shutout wins last season was perfect again with 20 saves in regulation and
Caps’ first power-play unit: Marcus Johansson, T.J. Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson. Caps’ second unit: Justin Williams, Derek Roy, Chandler Stephenson, Alex Ovechkin, Aaron Ness.
Healthy scratches: Andre Burakovsky, Jason Chimera, Sean Collins, Stan Galiev, Ryan Stanton, Justin Peters.