Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins Thursday night at Verizon Center:
How it happened: Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich scored at even strength, John Carlson blasted home a power-play goal and Braden Holtby rebounded from a shaky game in New York with 28 saves as the Caps beat the Bruins for the fourth straight time, dating back to last season (3-0-0). Karl Alzner finished off the Bruins with an empty netter, seconds after Ovechkin missed the open cage.
What it means: The Caps entered the season with a goal of not losing back-to-back games and so far they’ve delivered, following up each of their three losses with a victory. With a 9-3-0 record and 18 points they moved into a tie with the Rangers (8-2-2) with 18 points in 12 games.
Laich-ing it: Brooks Laich’s net-crashing goal 4:10 into the second period stood up as the game-winner. It was also his first goal since March 31, snapping a string of 16 games without a goal. Laich hit the brakes in front of Tuukka Rask and got a piece of Dmitry Orlov’s slapper from the point. He celebrated the goal without a stick and from the seat of his pants. It was Laich’s first point of the season and Michael Latta joined him on the score sheet with an assist, his first point of the season.
Chasing Sergei: Alex Ovechkin’s team-high seventh goal of the season was the 482nd of his career, moving him within one of tying Sergei Fedorov for the most NHL goals scored by a Russian-born player.
Bruins solve Holtby: Jimmy Hayes’ power-play goal 12:47 into the first period was the first Bruins goal allowed by Braden Holtby since March 29, 2014, a string of nine periods of shutout hockey.
Let’s make a deal: Twelve scouts representing 10 NHL teams were in attendance Thursday night, including two representatives from the Flyers, Stars and Red Wings and one each from the Hurricanes, Blackhawks, Avalanche, Predators, Penguins, Blues and Lightning. Former Caps enforcer Craig Berube, who is scouting for Team Canada, was also in the house.
Speaking of Team Canada: Like just about everyone, Berube said Braden Holtby should be in the conversation when it comes time to selecting Team Canada’s goalie for the 2016 World Cup, along with Carey Price and Corey Crawford.
Laich climbs past Kono: Brooks Laich played in his 694th game with the Capitals, moving him into 10th on the club’s all-time list, which goes something like this:
1, Calle Johansson 983
2, Peter Bondra 961
3, Kelly Miller 940
4, Dale Hunter 872
5, Michal Pivonka 825
6, Alex Ovechkin 771
7, Mike Gartner 758
8, Rod Langway 726
9, Olie Kolzig 711
10, Brooks Laich 694
What’s next: The Caps will practice at Kettler on Friday before facing Mike Babcock and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at Verizon Center. The follow with a visit to Detroit on Tuesday and a stop in Philadelphia on Thursday.
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