The Washington Capitals made some fairly substantial moves at the trade deadline, but so far, their struggles continue. They lost their third game in a row as the Boston Bruins blanked them 3-0 on Thursday.
After the game, Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner expressed concern about the team’s aggressiveness.
Karl Alzner: “The killer instinct isn’t there right now and it needs to be there because we’re running out of time.” #Caps
It seems as if the issue boils down to a combination of the Capitals’ offensive inefficiency and Boston’s stingy defense, as Rask only needed to make 16 saves. Still, the Bruins have made strong attacks look faint before (see: the 2013 Eastern Conference finals), yet there might be a larger concern.
Excluding OT v. PHI, the #Caps have been held to five or fewer shots in five of their last eight periods of play.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.