Capitals

Capitals

Final Score: Washingon Capitals 3, Boston Bruins 1

How it happened: Both teams looked somewhat lethargic, as today's game had no legitimate impact for the Capitals and was Boston's last game of the season. The Caps went up early -- thanks to a pretty goal from Marcus Johansson -- and never let up, applying consistent pressure on the Bruins' defense. The Caps' defensive effort left something to be desired, but backup goalie Philipp Grubauer played admirably, registering 21 saves on the afternoon. 

What it means: Not a whole lot, to be honest. The Caps already had home-ice, the Metro Division, and the Presidents Trophy locked up. Getting a road win in the NHL is never easy, so the Caps took care of business in what was one of the team's final tuneups for the post season. If anything, the game served as a timely scouting report, as there's a good chance these two teams see each other in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

Goals

Caps Goal: Marcus Johansson wasted no time getting on the board, scoring on a nice move four minutes into the first period. Johansson got a nice assist from Justin Williams en route to his 24th goal of the year. Caps 1, Bruins 0

Bruins Goal: Colin Miller evened the score at 1 by knocking in a rebound late in the second period. The goal was reviewed because the Caps' net became unlodged, but the call stood. Caps 1, Bruins 1

 

Caps Goal: Kevin Shattenkirk scored on a one-timer less than a minute after Boston tied the game. Backstrom and Ovechkin each got credited with an assist. Caps 2, Bruins 1

Caps Goal: Williams benefited from a few sublime offensive-zone passes from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nate Schmidt, putting the puck in the back of a wide-open net to give the Caps two goals in three minutes. Caps 3, Bruins 1

Look ahead: The Caps are back home tomorrow for the regular season finale. They'll take on the Florida Panthers, with the puck dropping at 7 p.m. 

Tell us what you think: With the regular season all but over, are the Caps peaking at the right time? How confident are you in the team's upcoming playoff run?