November 13, 2019

Washington Capitals Game 39 Recap: Caps get back into win column, edge Bruins

HOLTBY EXTENDS PERSONAL POINT STREAK TO 19 GAMES

(Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals stemmed a very modest two-game losing streak — their first of the season — edging the Boston Bruins on the road, 3-2.

Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson all scored goals, and Braden Holtby made 25 saves to top the struggling Bruins, who have lost two in a row and are 4-5-1 in their past 10 games.

The Caps (29-7-3-61) are 8-1-1 in their past 10.

Holtby extended his personal point streak to 19 consecutive decisions (17-0-2), the longest such run in the NHL since 2010-11

Kuznetsov was once again the star of this game, non-Holtby edition. He had a goal and an assist, has nine points over his last eight games and has 37 points on the season — matching his total from last season.

Kuznetsov set up the game’s first goal, He circled with the puck at the half-wall, then found Burakovsky on the far side. His cross-slot pass found Burakovsky’s tape, and the young Swede flipped it past Tuukka Rask for the 1-0 lead just 4:59 into the game. It was Burakovsky’s fourth of the campaign.

Kuznetsov called his own number on the power play in the second period. He again set up near the right wing face off circle, then approached the net. When Dennis Seidenberg came out to challenge, he used the defenseman as a screen and shot around him to the inside, but still short-side, to beat Rask. It was his 13th goal of the year, and assists went to Nick Backstrom and Matt Niskanen.

Boston trimmed its deficit a few minutes later, as Loui Eriksson got his 14th of the year on an odd-man rush.

Johansson made it 3-1 midway through the third with his 10th of the year. He won on offensive-zone faceoff, and when Dmitry Orlov’s shot from the point bounced around at the top of the crease, Johansson mucked it up with a defender and got enough on it to jam it past Rask.

Niskanen took a holding call moments later, and Patrice Bergeron made the Caps pay with his 15th of the season on the ensuing power play as he beat Justin Williams through the slot. Williams got a piece of the shot, but it still knuckled past Holtby to make it 3-2.

That’s all the Bruins got, though, as Holtby turned back 12 of the 13 shots he saw in the third period.

NEXT GAME: The Caps continue their five-game road trip in Brooklyn on Thursday against the Islanders.

 

 

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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