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Bruins

FROM JOE HAGGERTY

Bruce Cassidy has some tough words for Zdeno Chara after Thursday night’s loss to the Flyers, and then Chara watches as Alex Ovechkin dances around him a few times in the first period on Sunday afternoon. Chara has looked like he’s having a lot of difficulty with his skating since coming back from the bye week, and it was even going on prior to that point as well. One has to hope that No. 33 takes a few games off in the second half of the season to make sure his energy and skating legs are fresh for the important games. It may just be that Chara is beginning to look his 41 years of age, and that will be a tough reality for the Bruins.

On the good side of the coin, Tuukka Rask also looks pretty strong in the first period as well. He had to make one big save after Alex Ovechkin danced through both Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy, but he was up for the challenge in a period where he didn’t see all that much action in his end. Midway through the third period he’d needed to make only 15 saves behind a Bruins team that had been challenged defensively by their head coach after their last loss, but Rask was matching Braden Holtby in a way that he hasn’t in so many Bruins/Capitals games over the years.

It was four shots on net and four registered hits for Chris Wagner, who is bringing the heavy lumber for the fourth line today for the Black and Gold against the Capitals. It was Wagner that generated a quality scoring chance when he intercepted a puck on the PK and then went in all alone for a quality shot against Braden Holtby, and it was Wagner that tattooed TJ Oshie with a hit at center ice that knocked the helmet off Washington’s hard-nosed star. The Bruins need all hands on deck if they’re going to take down the Capitals, and Wagner certainly carried his end of the bargain on Sunday. 

 

Four shots on net, eight total shot attempts, three hits, a blocked shot and 10-of-13 face-off wins for Patrice Bergeron in 18 plus minutes of ice time over the course of the game. He didn’t factor in the scoring and instead highlighted on playing an air-tight two-way game to make certain the Capitals couldn’t capitalize on any of their chances. Same as it ever was for No. 37 in Game No. 999 with his 1,000th NHL game right around the corner on Tuesday night against the Islanders.   

David Krejci continues his scoring binge over the last few months as he scored his 11th goal of the season finishing off a couple of great passes from David Pastrnak and Torey Krug. It was the only goal of the game in the Boston win. Many have been on Krejci for not elevating the second line with his presence no matter who he is skating with, but he’s been the only consistent source of Bruins offense behind the big three on the Perfection Line. It wasn’t a great game for Krejci with just a shot on net, a giveaway and just 5-for-12 face-off wins in his time on the ice, but all that really mattered was No. 46 being able to finish off a play in the clutch. He also won the draw in the D-zone with 14 seconds left to help secure the win. That was big time.

HIGHLIGHTS

RASK KEEPS OVECHKIN OFF THE BOARD IN SCORELESS FIRST 

MARCHAND IN HIS BAG

KREJCI PUTS B'S AHEAD 1-0

WAGNER LAYS OUT OSHIE

HUGE SAVE BY RASK

BRUINS RECORD: 28-17-7

BOX SCORE

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