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Morning Skate: Good start

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Score early, score often.

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

Today marks the end of the work week, but we’re talking about good starts.

Last night saw two different kinds of good starts.

The Bruins had themselves a good start to the game, scoring just 33 seconds into the first period en route to a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

Jeremy Swayman continued what’s been a good start to his NHL career as well, making 31 saves for his second consecutive win.

Will Swayman be the first goalie in league history to go 100-0? Yes, probably.

Thursday night was a big one for the Bruins, for a few different reasons: they beat the (formerly) East-leading Capitals, they got their second win in a row, and the Philadelphia Flyers lost to the New York Islanders in a shootout.

The Flyers are the Bruins’ next opponent, as the two teams will play for the third time in less than a week.

With Thursday’s results, the Bruins are six points up on Philly with two games in hand. A regulation win wouldn’t quite put Philly away, but it’d sure go a long way toward extinguishing those playoff hopes.

Today’s highlight

Might as well watch this again, right?

Today’s discussion topic

What’s on tap for the weekend? We’re supposed to have some decent early-Spring weather here in the Boston area.