The Boston Bruins once again started slowly against the Washington Capitals. They fell behind 3-0 for the second straight game against the Capitals and it looked like the game may turn into a rout.
Instead, the Bruins turned things up after the midpoint of the game. They scored the final five goals unanswered, including four in the third period, to earn an important win over their East division rivals.
FINAL SCORE: Bruins 5, Capitals 3
BRUINS RECORD: 6-1-2 (14 points)
Zdeno Chara opened the scoring for the Capitals, scoring against the Bruins for the first time in 5,140 days.
Just 11 seconds later, Daniel Sprong was able to double the lead for the Capitals and gave them a 2-0 lead that they would hold at the first intermission. The period was one of the worst of the season for the Bruins.
On their third power play of the evening, the Capitals extended their lead to 3-0 thanks to John Carlson. it simply looked like the Bruins were overmatched at the midpoint of the game.
Finally, the Bruins were able to get on the board via a one-timer from David Pastrnak. This came after a bizarre sequence during which the Bruins appeared to be incorrectly awarded an offensive-zone face-off.
In the third period, Pastrnak scored again to put the Bruins within striking distance.
With the game slipping away from the Capitals, Tom Wilson squared off for a fight against Trent Frederic. Both got in some good blows before they were separated by officials.
Later in the period, Jeremy Lauzon made an absolute beauty of a pass to find Craig Smith, who found the back of the net. That tied the game and completed the shift of momentum to the Bruins.
And with 2:37 left in the period, Brandon Carlo notched the game-winner. The rocket went into the top of the net and that, along with an empty-netter from Brad Marchand, handed the Capitals their first loss of the season.
Wednesday, Feb. 3 at Philadelphia Flyers, 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN