March 8, 2021

Washington Capitals Preseason Game 6 Recap: Caps take shootout win to best Bruins 2-1


Alex Ovechkin scored in regulation, Braden Holtby was perfect in the shootout and the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in an overtime shootout at the Verizon Center Friday night.

The Bruins opened the scoring with a goal by Loui Erikkson at the 4:06 mark in the first period and Ovechkin tied it up at 17:26 in the third. The new overtime rules were tested but there was no score during the 3-on-3 overtime and the game ended in a shootout. T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the Caps while Holtby kept his sheet clean.

Tempers flared early in the game, with Liam O’Brien involved in a short fight late in the first period, followed by a longer brawl between Tom Wilson and Kevan Miller of the Bruins. Wilson gave one good uppercut that knocked Miller’s helmet off before both players were sent off the ice. Wilson left the game near the end of the second period after taking a hard hit to the shoulder from the Bruins’ Patrice Burgeon, but returned for the third.

Both teams were given fair shots at scoring in the second as the teams traded power plays. The Bruins’ Jimmy Hayes was sent off for tripping and when power play time expired, Evgeny Kuznetsov went out on an interference call. Shortly after, the Caps were given one more opportunity with the man advantage, but could not get the puck past Bruins goaltender Tukka Rask. The Caps power play unit went 0 for 6, even with the expected opening night top unit on the ice.

Just over a minute into the third, the gloves dropped once again. This time, brand new Cap Oshie, not known for his fighting, and Bruin Adam McQuaid went at it. Immediately thereafter, Wilson and Miller rumbled again. With both boxes filled,  the combatants continued the pleasantries verbally.

Phillip Grubauer started in goal and recorded six saves in the first period. Braden Holtby took over in the second and had 23 saves over the final two-plus frames. Tukka Rask took the bulk of the work for the Bruins saving all 15 shots he faced. Jeremy Smith closed out the game allowing one goal on 14 shots.

The Caps play their final preseason game Sunday at 5 p.m. against the New York Islanders at Verizon Center.

About Jacqueline Martin

Jacqueline Martin is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page. She grew up in Northern Virginia and has developed a deep love for all things sports and all things DC. While attending American University she worked for the athletics department and followed the Men’s NCAA Basketball team to their first ever apperance in the tourney. She is an aspiring journalist whose ideal day job is running a large DC sports bar that favored only DC teams. If she is not in her office you may find her at Kettler attempting to skate backwards. You can follow her on twitter @JacqueMMartin.

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