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Game 81: Capitals at Bruins, date, time, TV channel, live stream, game thread

Game 81: Capitals at Bruins, date, time, TV channel, live stream, game thread

Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Capitals have locked up home-ice advantage, the Metropolitan Division title and the President's Trophy.

But there are still two games left on the NHL regular-season schedule before the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin next Wednesday.

On the road for the final time this season, the Capitals take on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon. Like the Capitals, the Bruins too have locked up a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But unlike the Capitals, the Bruins still have seeding to play for. 

But with top defenseman Torey Krug out with a lower-body injury, and top forward Brad Marchand serving the final game of his 2-game suspension, the Bruins will be severely shorthanded. The Capitals will be shorthanded as well, as both Brett Connolly and John Carlson will be out of the lineup.

 

What: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins

Where: TD Garden. Boston, Mass.

When: 3:00 p.m. ET. (Capitals GameTime gets things started at 2:30 p.m. ET)

TV Channel: Capitals vs. Bruins will be broadcast on NBC.

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals vs. Bruins game on NBC Sports' live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-BRUINS GAME?

The Capitals (54-18-8) take on the Boston Bruins (44-30-76) on Saturday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m. ET at TD Garden.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-BRUINS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Bruins game will be broadcast on NBC at 3:00 p.m. Capitals GameTime gets things started at 2:30 p.m. ET with Capitals Extra recapping the all the action following the game. Both the pre and postgame shows will be on CSN. (CSN channel Finder)

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-BRUINS GAME?

The Capitals vs. Bruins game is available to stream live through NBC Sports' live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

WHAT ARE THE LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-BRUINS GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Capitals based on Friday's practice.

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - TJ Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Engeni Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Paul Carey - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Defense
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Kevin Shattenkirk
Karl Alzner - Nate Schmidt

Goalies
Philipp Grubauer starts with Braden Holtby as backup

Scratches
Brett Connolly, John Carlson, 

 

Boston Bruins

Forwards
Frank Vatrano - Patrice Bergeron - David Backes
DrewStafford - David Krejci - David Pastrnak
Matt Beleskey - Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson - Sean Kuraly
Dominic Moore - Riley Nash - Tim Schaller

Defenseman
Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo
John-Michael Liles - Adam McQuaid
Colin Miller - Kevan Miller

Goalie
Anton Khudobin starts, Tuukka Rask as backup

CAPITALS vs. BRUINS OPEN THREAD

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Niskanen takes the blame for all three Lightning goals

Niskanen takes the blame for all three Lightning goals

There was no tougher critic on Matt Niskanen’s Game 5 performance on Saturday than Niskanen himself.

Niskanen and his defensive partner, Dmitry Orlov, were on the ice for all three of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s three goals in the Capitals’ 3-2 loss. That was striking given the Orlov-Niskanen duo is typically Washington’s best defensive pair.

That was not the case on Saturday and Niskanen took full responsibility afterward.

“First three goals are all my fault,” Niskanen said. “I had a tough first 20:30 so I've got to be better next game.”

Pretty much no one played the first goal right.

The goal came just 19 seconds into the game. Orlov turned the puck over in the neutral zone and Evgeny Kuznetsov looked like he could have gotten the puck, but instead played the body of Cedric Paquette. Niskanen stepped up at the blue line, but the Lightning got the puck past him creating a short rush that beat Braden Holtby who was way too far back in the crease.

Yes, Niskanen got caught a bit high, but he was just as at fault as Orlov, Kuznetsov and Holtby.

The second goal happened because Steven Stamkos tripped Orlov to create a turnover and it wasn’t called.

Niskanen got in between Ondrej Palat and the puck, but Palat beat both him and Holtby on the shot. Not sure I would put this one on Niskanen.

The third goal…well, that one was a bad play by Niskanen.

When you go one-on-one with a player, a defenseman cannot allow that player to turn the corner. That’s especially true when that player is defenseman Anton Stralman who is not exactly gifted with blazing speed. This was just a complete misplay.

Regardless of how many goals were strictly on Niskanen, that’s not the point. This was a message not so much to the media but to the team. That message was this: This one’s on me, I will be better next game.

Leaders always take responsibility. Niskanen is taking the blame here and saying he will be better in the hopes the team around him will be better as well.

They will need to be to win Game 6.

“A lot of people counted us out when we were down 0-2 in the first round,” Niskanen said. “Things got hard in the last series where we could have melted and we just kept playing. So that's what we've got to do again, bring our best effort for Game 6 at home, win a game and then we'll go from there.

“But we're focused on bringing our best game of the season for Game 6 and we'll be ready to go.”

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3 reasons the Caps lost Game 5 to the Lightning

3 reasons the Caps lost Game 5 to the Lightning

When the Capitals take to the ice at home on Monday, they will be playing for their playoff lives. They lost their third straight game on Saturday as the Tampa Bay Lightning took Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead and push the Caps to the brink.

Here is why the Caps fell on the road for the first time in this series.

A rough start

Nineteen seconds was all the time Tampa Bay would need to score in Game 5.

Dmitry Orlov turned the puck over in the neutral zone and Evgeny Kuznetsov chased after it, but instead of getting the puck he inexplicably played the body of Cedric Paquette. Paquette was able to chip it into the offensive zone to Ryan Callahan. Callahan tried to pass to the slot, but it hit off of Orlov right to Paquette who buried it past Braden Holtby who was very deep in the crease.

If Orlov doesn’t cough the puck up in the neutral zone, if Kuznetsov plays the puck instead of the body or if Holtby challenges that shot, that goal doesn’t happen. An ugly play all around for Washington.

A no-call on Steven Stamkos

Later in the first period, Orlov went to corral a puck in the neutral zone, but was pressured by Stamkos, fell to the ice and turned the puck over to Nikita Kucherov. It was very clearly a trip on Stamkos, but there was no call. Palat would score on the play to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead.

You can read more about the play here.

A rough night for Dmitry Orlov and Matt Niskanen

Orlov and Niskanen is normally the Caps' best defensive pair, but they had a very long night. They were on the ice for each of the Lightning’s three goals of the game.

Orlov’s turnover led to the first goal, Stamkos’ trip of Orlov led to the second. On the third, Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman was somehow able to drive and turn the corner on Niskanen leading to a scoring opportunity that eventually deflected off the glove of Ryan Callahan and into the net. Stralman is not the speediest of players. The fact he was able to go one-on-one with Niskanen and get in behind him was surprising to see.

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