Tonight the Boston Bruins have a chance to complete a gentlemen’s sweep over the Washington Capitals in D.C. After dominating Game 4 this past Friday night, the B’s fully expect an elevated physical game from the Caps and know they need to answer back. As with their previous game, the Bruins will need to come out of the gate with better speed, control with the puck, and need to shut down Washington’s game-both offensively and defensively.
“The mindset doesn’t change. It’s a game at a time…it’s always what we’ve tried to accomplish..we have to be ready for a great game.”Boston Bruins Captain Patrice Bergeron
WATCH YOUR BACK
Boston has won the last three games in a row within one goal, however, Game 4 was the first time where the Bruins won decisively in regulation. If Washington is eliminated tonight it will be the third straight season since they won the Stanley Cup in 2018. The constant sticking point for the Bruins is of course to stay out of the penalty box. With their back against the walls expect the Caps to pull all punches and draw unnecessary penalties on their home ice. Despite some questionable infractions that were called against the Bruins (and the talked about high hit to Miller that looked to be a major penalty), the team came out on top.
B’s made some adjustments to their powerplay which had been a little rough in the first few games but quickly turned around in their last game going 3-for-5. Washington on the other hand are 3-for-17 on the powerplay and was shut down in their last game despite drawing seven penalties. A shot from Captain Alex Ovechkin inadvertently hit the stick of Brandon Carlo giving the Caps their only goal of the night.
Washington’s Daniel Sprong is back tonight after being a healthy scratch while Michale Raffl will be out. Their fourth line has been their top producer with Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway scoring. Tom Wilson also scored however he is the only one to do so at even strength. Ovechkin has had two goals that have come from their powerplay while T.J. Oshie is the only other forward to score a goal.
Jarred Tinordi will slide in with Connor Clifton tonight as defenseman Kevan Miller was injured by a leaping Dmitry Orlov during the second period in Game 4. Per Head Coach Bruce Cassidy, Miller is home from the hospital and is feeling better. Steven Kampfer will not be in the lineup due to an arm injury. Jeremy Lauzon is still nursing a lower-body injury he sustained in Game One. Expect Tuukka Rask in net for the Bruins.
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
Hall – Krejci – Smith
Ritchie – Coyle – DeBrusk
Kuraly – Lazar – Wagner
Grzelcyk – McAvoy
Reilly – Carlo
Tinordi – Clifton
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Mantha
Sprong – Kuznetsov – Wilson
Sheary – Eller – Oshie
Hagelin – Dowd – Hathaway
Orlov – Carlson
Dillon – Schultz
Jensen – Chara
GAME TIME: Tonight, with puck drop @ 7:00 pm, Capital One Arena USA, NBCSWA, NESN
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