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Firing at almost double the Capitals’ rate still did not yield a win

NHL: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins
Ryan Donato seems to have found the key to unlock the net.
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe next season? The Bruins fell yet again to the Capitals, 4-2. Next up on the agenda, the Bruins call on the Maple Leafs Saturday in Toronto at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • There is no shame in a game well played, but this 14th meeting in a row culminated in the same result. So now we have a rivalry. Patriot Ledger
  • The shot differential was marked- 24 failed to register before Ryan Donato scored. And the final totals showed the Bruins firing nearly double the Capitals’ rate at 42-22. Eagle Tribune
  • Hey, Braden Holtby, don’t get cocky- only 12 of those now 14 victories were yours! WEEI
  • Déjà vu- the Bruins have been here before. maybe the best outcome is to pin down why the Capitals always match up so well against Boston. Bonus- Lars Eller is butthurt. HockeyBuzz
  • Brad Marchand demonstrated unprecidented self control, to the outrage of the Capitals (...who employ Tom Wilson, just sayin’.) CBS Boston
  • Here’re the lessons from yet another loss to Washington. Bruins Daily
  • Take five... bullet points from the night, including an impressive number of wins at the faceoff circle, which helped the Bruins achieve their high shot rate. Salem News
  • One high note has been the performance of Jake DeBrusk on Power Play Unit #1. Patriot Ledger
  • Maybe shielding Jaroslav Halak from being peppered by shots backfired? NESN
  • Did you notice T.J. Oshie’s absence in the second period? The concussion spotter was responsible, in every meaning of the word. Washington Post
  • Seen at the scene of the Celtics’ Pride Night on Wednesday- a couple of young Bruins. OutSports
  • Behind the B has been documenting the Bruins and their families for six years now. Enjoy this episode of select highights since 2013, and a chance to see some favorite former Bruins once again. (Video, 21:44) Bruins NHL My personal fave? At the 13:05 mark, Torey Krug chirps Carl Soderberg.

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: Rick Nash has announced his retirement, as he is sadly still suffering concussion symptoms. TSN That’s two wins now for Jordan Binnington, who has yielded only 1 goal in a total of 54 shots. NHL Michael Hutchinson backstopped the Maple Leafs to victory over the Devils 4-2. Sportsnet
  • Dive on into 31 thoughts, where some bold ideas are offered to change the All-Star Game. Sportsnet
  • Maybe it is time to allow NHL players some leeway in deciding whether or not to participate in the All-Star Game. Forbes
  • By the numbers, some NHL goalie tandems have been much better than others. Have a look here, and be glad (if you’re not a Flyers fan.) ESPN
  • Paul Bissonnette hosted first-time hockey game attendees Nyah and Marsean at the Winter Classic, joined by Robin Lopez, who neither attacked mascot Tommy Hawk nor picked up the tab for hot cocoa. Cheapskate! (Video, 5:20) NHL