BOSTON – Now the Bruins sit back and wait to see how the rest of the weekend turns out for their ultimate playoff opponent.
That’s because the B’s couldn’t take care of business on Saturday afternoon in their regular season finale, and instead fell to the Washington Capitals by a 3-1 score at TD Garden in a game where they never held a lead. The Bruins were outshot by a 32-22 margin throughout the game, and one couldn’t help but feel like they were once again overmatched by a Capitals club that has beaten them in each of their last nine meetings, and in 14 of the last 16 games between Boston and Washington.
The loss dropped them to 0-5-2 in seven games against their two remaining possible playoff match-ups in the first round, the aforementioned Capitals and an Ottawa Senators they dropped a shootout loss to on Thursday night.
In this one a sloppy Frank Vatrano change in the first period helped kick-start a 3-on-2 odd-man rush for Washington that saw Justin Williams play the two-man game perfectly and feed Marcus Johansson for his 24th goal of the season. Colin Miller got one back in the second period when he forced a turnover at the Washington blue line and then buried the loose puck rebound of a Drew Stafford net drive, and that tied things up briefly.
Unfortunately for Boston, Kevin Shattenkirk scored less than a minute later as a trailer blasting away from the point. He nearly had another right after that on a play that was eventually overturned by a coach’s challenge for goalie interference. That didn’t stop the Capitals, however, as Williams struck again just before the end of the second period, and stakes Washington to a two-goal advantage that the Bruins simply couldn’t overcome.