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Boston trotted out mainly a “Wanna-B” lineup Tuesday night in Washington, stocked heavily with youngsters on the cusp of making the team’s roster. Going up against a Capitals team that played many of their stars, including Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin, the B’s held their own in the match-up, ultimately falling to the Caps 3-2, at the Verizon Center in D.C.
The two teams traded first period goals, with Mathieu Perreault scoring for Washington and Boston’s goal coming off the stick of Jeremy Reich. Much of the second period went scoreless for both squads, until the final minute of play when Semin gave the Caps a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, whizzing a hard shot past Boston goalie Nolan Schaeffer for the 2-1 advantage.
Washington extended their lead early in the third on a Cody Eakin lamp-lighter, scoring from between the circles. Bruin Brad Marchand, who is making a strong case to start the season as the team’s 13th forward, scored from the right side with just over nine minutes remaining to cut the Caps lead in half, but the team couldn’t score the equalizer, losing on the road, 3-2.
The two teams will face off again Wednesday night, this time here at the TD Garden. After the game, Boston will head east as they prepare for weekend preseason games in Ireland, before they move on to Prague, Czech Republic. The regular season is just 10 days away, with the opener against Phoenix kicking things off on Saturday, October 9th.