The Bruins and Capitals played down in the District tonight, but if you live outside the DC area, you can be forgiven for not knowing about it: there was no TV or radio broadcast for this game outside of NBC Sports Washington’s viewing area.
However, there are........ways......on the Internet to find such things, and that’s what we did in order to watch the Bruins beat Washington, 5-2.
The win was the Bruins’ third in a row to begin the preseason, and came without any of their stars in the lineup.
Zach Senyshyn and Daniel Vladar were the standouts for the B’s tonight, with Senyshyn scoring twice and Vladar making 31 saves.
Cameron Hughes, Jakub Lauko and Sean Kuraly (ENG) scored the other Bruin goals.
Because it’s the preseason, NHL.com doesn’t have all the highlights, but we can show you a few.
Here’s Lauko scoring on a breakaway to give the B’s a 2-1 lead:
And here’s Senyshyn getting a lucky bounce for his second of the night:
Finally, Sean Kuraly iced it with an empty-netter from the parking lot:
Sean Kuraly FROM WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY DOWNTOWN pic.twitter.com/JwBl6f9cXM— Dan Ryan (@bruinshockeynow) September 19, 2018
It’s preseason with a half squad, so we won’t spend a ton of time on this. Here are a few thoughts:
- While the Caps were far from full strength, they did play some NHL regulars. Braden Holtby played half the game and allowed two goals; TJ Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom also saw some ice time. The Bruins didn’t have any of their big names in action, so it was encouraging to see the younger guys hang with some of the big guns.
- Vladar looked great for the Bruins, oftentimes keeping them in the game. The B’s defense hung him out to dry a couple of times, but the kid held his own.
- Senyshyn didn’t get off to a great start, but got better as the game went on. His first goal came on a great second-effort, as his original shot was saved and he potted the rebound. While his second goal was lucky, he started that play with a great stick check to break up a Washington rush in the defensive zone. It’s that kind of play that is going to get the kid a longer look.
- Other guys who showed some flashes of good stuff: Jeremy Lauzon, Karson Kuhlman and Daniel Winnik.
Back at it tomorrow morning in Beijing, where you’ll see some more familiar names!