May: Caps’ win over Bruins ‘best hockey game I’ve watched all season’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Capitals took down the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night in a physical 2-1 shootout win that gave Washington sole possession of the top spot in the East Division.
While not a high-scoring affair, the game left NBC Sports Washington analyst Alan May impressed with how both sides came out. It felt like the Stanley Cup playoffs – minus the roaring crowd, of course.
“That was the best hockey game I’ve watched all season of any two teams from the National Hockey League,” May said Thursday on 106.7 The Fan’s Sports Junkies. “It was the first real hockey game in my opinion where the two teams were knocking the hell out of each other, playing the game the way their coaches wanted and I just thought the intensity level was where it needed to be and I couldn’t believe in the first period, even the second, for such a low-shot game…how exciting it was.”
Perhaps the happiest man in the building was Zdeno Chara, who not only took home the “W” in his first game back in Boston but also got to see his family for the first time in months before the game. Chara finished the contest with just under 17 minutes of ice time recording two hits and a block.
Lars Eller scored the lone regulation goal for the Capitals, who moved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games with the victory. Boston got on the board thanks to a third-period goal by David Pastrnak. Capitals winger Jakub Vrana snuck one past Tuukka Rask for the winning shootout goal, spoiling the goalie’s chance at securing his 300th career victory.
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As impressive as the goalies were — Vitek Vanecek stopped 18 of 19 shots for Washington while Rask recorded 27 saves — the biggest statistic that stood out was the number of hits each team delivered. Not always the best stat for individual players or teams, but definitely a way to measure the physicality of a game. The Capitals and Bruins combined for 54 hits, which represented the fourth-most combined hits Washington has had in a game all season.
The contest was the third of eight matchups between the two teams with the next coming again Friday night at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
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Published: 2021-03-04 17:21:59
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