This Bruins team has turned the ship around over the last week. This team was having some major problems scoring goals even against some mediocre teams, but that has changed. The Bruins are coming off a 3-2 dramatic win in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. That game saw Jeremy Swayman get his first start and a Bruins win. Tonight, Bruce Cassidy had the confidence to give him his second straight start against one of the best teams in the division. That team is the Washington Capitals.
In recent years, the Capitals have owned the Bruins thanks to Brayden Holtby. Since he has left, the Bruins have had the better play between the two teams. In the last nine games against the Capitals, the Bruins are 5-1-3. Jeremy Lauzon got the party started jst 33 seconds in for his first of the season. Anton Blidh got the luckiest bounce of his life for his goal to make it 2-0. It was Brad Marchand though that got the eventual game-winner to seal a Bruins win. Put this to some pump-up music. This goal is one of the best of the season. Keep in mind this was done while shorthanded.
Brad Marchand just did this shorthanded lmao pic.twitter.com/yUfqAwCMko
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 9, 2021
Bruins Bend Not Break Mentality
The Bruins seemed to be in complete control of this game in the second period. Brad Marchand put home a filthy shorthanded goal to put the Bruins up 3-0. After some very questionable officiating (Tim Peel is smiling somewhere), the tide shifted. The Caps were awarded a hefty 5-on-3 in which Alex Ovechkin took full advantage. Since the goal was scored on the first end of a double minor, the Caps remained on a 5-on-3 for a full two minutes. TJ Oshie ripped home another goal and all of a sudden it was 3-2.
Something like this would seem to deflate a team from getting any momentum back. That was not the case for the Bruins. They remained in complete control after the two goals and played some solid tight defense. Kevan Miller really stuck out in this game. This was his second game back from injury and he is logging over 23 minutes a night since his return. His gritty style of play is what the Bruins have been lacking this year. With Charlie McAvoy out until the weekend, the Bruins need some solid play from Kevan Miller.
Craig Smith Remains Red Hot
Craig Smith was signed by the Bruins during the offseason. It wasn’t the move fans were expecting, but he is playing some great hockey right now. He ripped home a HUGE power-play goal near the end of the third period to restore a two-goal lead for the Bruins. That goal deflated any sort of Washington comeback and sealed a Bruins win. Smith also collected an assist to now have 10 points in his last 10 games. That is huge for the Bruins as they continue to search for a key balance in line combinations. He is fitting in extremely well on the Bergeron line with Marchand as well.
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