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Preview: Bruins at Capitals, Round Two

Gaining a point on Saturday, the Bruins look to collect two this time around

NHL: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Just the Facts

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington DC

When: 7 PM

How to Watch: NESN

How to Listen: 98.5 the Sports Hub

Opposing SBN site: Japers Rink

Know the Enemy

  • The Capitals lead the Eastern division, with a 6-0-3 record (15 points).
  • Nicklas Backstrom: Nine games played, 5-8-13
  • John Carlson: Nine games played, 3-7-10
  • Vitek Vanicek: 5-0-2, 2.78 GAA, .918 SV %

Game Preview

The Bruins battled back to earn a point in Saturday’s contest, yet Alexander Ovechkin ended things within 30 seconds of the extra frame. With the overtime tally, Ovechkin tied Mike Gartner for seventh in NHL history on the all-time goals list, with 708. Bruce Cassidy’s club outplayed and outshot the Capitals, but couldn’t squeak away with a victory. After rattling off four straight victories, the Bruins will look to right the ship in their second meeting in three days with Zdeno Chara’s new club. Chara had not played against the black and gold in 14 seasons and everyone involved knew that it would be an emotional affair, given Chara’s legendary status with the club and close relations with its players.

Charlie Coyle did not practice on Sunday and will revisit his status prior to the game. In his absense, Sean Kuraly centered Anders Bjork and Karson Kuhlman on the third line.