News and notes from the Capitals’ 2-1 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins Tuesday night at TD Garden:
How it happened: Right wing David Pastrnak, the Bruins’ first-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft, scored once in the third period and again just 12 seconds into the 3-on-3 overtime to give the Bruins the win in OT. Defenseman Nate Schmidt scored the lone goal for the Capitals in a third-period power-play goal, assisted by defenseman Madison Bowey and veteran forward Zach Sill.
Quick strike: If there is one thing the Caps are learning early in the preseason, it’s that not many games tied after regulation are going to get to a shootout. After seeing the Hurricanes score just 57 seconds into Monday night’s preseason opener, the Caps saw the Bruins end Tuesday night’s game 12 seconds into the overtime when Pastrnak finished off a 2-on-1 with David Krejci. Caps defenseman John Carlson was the lone player back for the Caps, who also had Justin Williams and Andre Burakovsky on the ice.
Latta injured: Center Michael Latta left the game with a lower body injury and did not return. According to the club, he will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Latta left the game with 7:32 remaining in the third period. He took 15 shifts and logged 11:40 in ice time, including 58 seconds on the power play and 48 seconds on the penalty kill. He was a minus-1, won 8 of 10 faceoffs and delivered two hits. Latta joins left wing Marcus Johansson (undisclosed) on the Caps’ preseason injured list.
Shutout streak: Caps goaltender Justin Peters started the game and stopped all 15 shots he faced in 29:43 of ice time. Philipp Grubauer took over midway through the second period and allowed one goal on 16 shots in regulation and one goal on one shot in overtime. (By the way, goalies already are grumbling about their goals-against averages and save percentages swelling this season because of 3-on-3 goals). The third period goal allowed by Grubauer was the first allowed by the Caps in regulation in the preseason, snapping a shutout streak of 108:16.
Inside the box score: Justin Williams played 19:17 in his Caps preseason debut, missing the net on his two shot attempts and finishing a minus-2. He saw 2:14 of power play time and 2:04 of shorthanded time. Schmidt (23:40) and Carlson (23:39) led all Caps in ice time. Defenseman Tyler Lewington got into the first fight of the preseason, dropping the gloves with Justin Hickman. The Caps won 59 percent of their faceoffs, led by Latta and Chandler Stephenson, each of whom won 8 of 10 draws.
Look ahead: The Caps will return to Kettler for practice on Wednesday and will resume their preseason schedule Thursday night in Montreal. Caps coach Barry Trotz said he will make a round of cuts sometime before the weekend. He said he would like to start the regular season with a 22-man roster consisting of 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies.
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