Bruins lose 4-1 on opening night.
Lackluster offense (20 shots) and non-existent forecheck by the Black and Gold.
Capitals first line is lethal, and their power-play ain't bad either (2-4 on PP)
Laich** and Ovechkin* score 2 goals each.Backstrom*** has 3 assists, 2 on the PP.
Bergeron had the first Bruins goal of the season, a SHG on a breakaway.
Bruins PK surely will be missing Axe and Yelle.
A rusty Bruins squad found themselves on the wrong end of the PP differential. Brooks Laich scored 2 power-play goals on rebound goals just outside the crease in the Capitals 4-1 win at the TD Garden. The Caps two power-play goals both came 15 seconds in on rebounds. The Capitals other two goals came at the hand of Alexander Ovechkin on one-touch wrist shots from the center of the ice.
Thomas didn't look great, giving up juicy rebounds throughout the course of the night, but the defense failed to keep Ovechkin in check. Ovechkin twice found open ice in the center of the sheet and capitalized both times. The Bruins lone goal came on a short-handed breakaway where Patrice Bergeron deked Theodore and stuffed a goal home under the goalies skate when the game was clearly out of reach.
The Bruins offense faltered in the areas where they succeeded the most last year, puck possession and forechecking. The Bruins came out hitting early but were neutralized by Washington's long passes, which made the Bruins more tentative. Washington's first line of Ovechkin, Semin, and Backstrom was dominant against whoever the Bruins threw on the ice. The Bruins first line of The Three Leftys did not look comfortable at all, not connecting on passes and losing the battles in the offensive zone.
The Bruins have a lot of improving to do before they host Carolina Saturday. Claude certainly has a lot to work on in practice, mostly special teams.
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