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Recap: Bruins pummeled by Capitals, 8-1

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It wasn’t good.

NHL: APR 11 Capitals at Bruins Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Boston Bruins were routed by the Washington Capitals, 8-1, at the TD Garden tonight, as the Bruins’ defensive struggles were lit like a Christmas tree for a full 60 minutes.

The Capitals scored not one, not two, but THREE power-play goals by the end of the second period. T.J. Oshie, Conor Sheary and Lars Eller scored two goals apiece in the thrashing.

The three stars of the game:

First star: Don Sweeney

Second star: All of the Bruins defense

Third Star: Craig Smith – Hey! Credit to him to ruin Vitek Vanecek’s shutout!

The Capitals struck first with a power-play goal at 7:33 of the first period. Nicklas Backstrom found Oshie inside the right face-off circle for a one-timer past Dan Vladar’s glove. 1-0 Capitals.

The Capitals took a two-goal lead 16 seconds later at 7:49 of the first period. After Jarred Tinordi failed to keep the puck in the offensive zone, Carl Hagelin picked up the puck and skated down ice. Hagelin passed to Eller who skated past Anton Blidh to put a shot top-shelf past Vladar’s blocker. 2-0 Capitals.

The Capitals extended their lead at 9:42 of the first period. On a 3-on-2 situation, Dmitry Orlov passed to Sheary in the low slot for a one-timer that went top-shelf over Vladar’s blocker. 3-0 Capitals.

All the goals further illustrated the defensive issues plaguing the team. No defenseman was spared:

  • Jakub Zboril and Connor Clifton didn’t even react to the play on the first power-play goal and gave Oshie a clear shooting lane.
  • Tinordi couldn’t get back after failing to keep the puck in the offensive zone and then Jack Ahcan got beat at the hash marks, leaving Blidh and Sean Kuraly to backcheck against Eller coming down the slot.
  • Jeremy Lauzon and Steven Kampfer were outskated on a 3-on-2 and couldn’t turn around in time to offer Vladar any support.

The second period continued defensive and penalty killing woes.

The Capitals cushioned their lead with another power-play goal at 4:41 of the second period. Tom Wilson missed a set-up from Jakub Vrana, but Sheary picked up the loose puck and roofed a shot past Vladar for his second tally of the night. 4-0 Caps.

Nic Dowd added a tally to continue the Capitals scoring bonanza at 16:03 of the second period. Hagelin backhanded Dowd a pass through the neutral zone. Dowd carried the puck ]inside the left-wing circle for a blast through Kampfer’s skates and over Vladar’s glove. 5-0 Capitals.

The Capitals scored their third power-play goal of the night at 18:24 of the second period. Alex Ovechkin threw a shot on net and Wilson got his stick on the puck for a low goal on Vladar. 6-0 Capitals.

The Bruins allowed too many shots on net during their penalty kills. On the first man-advantage tally, Oshie scored on the fourth sequence. On Sheary’s goal to make it 4-0, Carlson alone had three shots before Sheary finally put one in.

Headaches. So many headaches.

BUT THEN YOU GUYS!! SOMETHING AMAZING HAPPENED! It was a miracle, but the Bruins actually SCORED A GOAL! Smith cut the Bruins’ deficit to five goals with a power-play goal! ...But still 6-1 Caps of course.

Oshie netted his second goal of the night to make it a 7-1 game at 10:13 of the third period.

And then Eller decided he wanted a two-goal night so he made it 8-1 at 13:14 of the third period.

Final smackdown: 8-1.

There you have it folks. Think the message was sent to Sweeney and Co. that defense is essential?

The Bruins announced shortly after the game concluded that the team had acquired Mike Reilly from the Ottawa Senators. Stay up-to-date here for all trade deadlines news.

The Bs are back in action Tuesday at 7 pm against the Buffalo Sabres at the TD Garden.