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Bruins-Capitals Talking Points: Too much Oshie, not enough DeBrusk

Bruins-Capitals Talking Points: Too much Oshie, not enough DeBrusk

WASHINGTON - GOLD STAR: All T.J. Oshie did was score a couple of goals that powered the Capitals for all of their offense in the second period while setting Washington up to win the third. The first score was a power-play goal right in front of the net that tied things up and the second was a nifty individual move where he split defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Connor Clifton before dangling around Clifton and roofing a backhander for a beautiful goal. Oshie finished with two shots on net and four shot attempts overall in 20:31 of ice time to go along with a blocked shot. Still, it was all about the offense provided when the Capitals needed it as a bit of a one-man goal-scoring show on a night when Alex Ovechkin was pretty much held in check.

BLACK EYE: Jake DeBrusk at least had a positive play when he fed Patrice Bergeron for a first-period, power-play goal that would have given the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Instead, the goal was wiped off the board by an offsides challenge and DeBrusk was a negative player for the Black and Gold for the rest of the night. DeBrusk finished with no points, no shots on net and had three giveaways in 20:50 while finishing with a minus-1 rating. He certainly wasn’t alone with not bringing enough to the table for the B’s, but it was him fading into the background in a physical, gritty game against a quality opponent that conjured up memories of his issues in the playoffs last season.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins tied the score by grinding for a third-period goal from their fourth line, but then they gave up a go-ahead goal less than two minutes later. Then the B’s proceeded to get outshot 11-9 in the third period despite never leading at any point in the final 20 minutes and never really mounting enough pressure to potentially tie it to pus things to the extra session. It’s a massive letdown for the B’s to claw all the way back and then watch as it goes up in smoke in just a couple of minutes, but it was about Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson – two of Washington’s best players – stepping up and making the play when it needed to be made.

HONORABLE MENTION: David Pastrnak snapped his longest goal-scoring drought of the season at four games as he scored the first goal for the Bruins on a sizzling wrist shot. It was a nice transition play from Charlie McAvoy bombing down the left side before moving cross-ice to Pastrnak at the bottom of the face-off circle. Pastrnak snapped it off the crossbar and into the back of the net for his NHL-leading 26th goal and got Boston off to a good start for the first time in a while. Pastrnak finished with the goal, seven shot attempts, a hit and three takeaways in 21:16 while playing a strong, solid, Pastrnak-like game.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4 – the number of consecutive losses for the Bruins. They have lost four in a row one other time this season, but it’s the first time they’ve lost three regulation games in a row.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I just told him I'm happy for him and congrats. He looks like he's got a six-pack now, so I'm just happy for him. It was great to see him. It's been a while." –Brad Marchand, on what he said to former teammate Tim Thomas when he was on the ice for the ceremonial puck drop as a new inductee for the US Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Bruins mascot gets involved with sweet goal at NHL All-Star Game

Bruins mascot gets involved with sweet goal at NHL All-Star Game

NHL's All-Star weekend isn't just a time for the NHL's best players to showcase their skills on the ice. Apparently, their mascots get a chance to do that as well.

The NHL has a mascot game every year at All-Star weekend to showcase the Grittys and Youppis of the world. But just before the start of Saturday night's NHL All-Star Game, the Boston Bruins took some time to shout out their mascot Blades.

As you can see in the video below, courtesy of the Bruins official Twitter account, Blades had a pretty nice dangle to beat the Anaheim Ducks mascot, Wildwing, and net a goal.

Considering that's a person in a bear costume on skates, that's pretty good.

The Bruins will be hoping that David Pastrnak can find success similar to that of Blades during the game on Saturday night. To watch the NHL All-Star Game, click here.

2020 NHL All-Star Game live stream: How to watch division tournament online

2020 NHL All-Star Game live stream: How to watch division tournament online

Many of hockey's best players have descended on St. Louis for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.

Among the players showcasing their elite talent for the world to see is Boston Bruins right winger David Pastrnak, who entered the All-Star break with a league-leading 37 goals. He is the only Bruins player participating in the game after goaltender Tuukka Rask decided to skip the event (he later was placed on injured following a concussion suffered on Jan. 14).

Pastrnak is the Atlantic Division team captain, and he'll try to lead the team to its first ever All-Star Game victory. The current All-Star format, which was adopted in 2016, pits the four divisions against each other in a single-elimination tournament. The two semifinal winners square off in the final. 

Here's the information you need to watch the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.

When: Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: NBC Sports

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