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Maybe three consecutive victories is just a little too much to ask for from the Boston Bruins. On Saturday the first attempt at that feat in 2012 came up short, as the banged up team suffered a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals.
There wasn’t a great feel in at the TD Garden from the start of the action on Saturday afternoon, as the Bruins lacked energy early on. The Capitals took advantage, with Alexander Semin finishing up a rebound past goaltender Tim Thomas for the 1-0 lead. But before the Bruins could take a breath to respond, the Capitals followed it up with a second goal 25 seconds later.
The latter came from Matt Hendricks who stayed with the puck, swatting two rebound attempts to put Boston in an early 2-0 hole. After a big hit from Zdeno Chara on Marcus Johansson, some life found it’s way into the Bruins as they began playing significantly harder.
Still Boston looked destined for the 2-0 hole to hold as the period was coming to a close, but a face off with seconds remaining changed everything. Milan Lucic fired a shot from the left past Tomas Vokoun, cutting the lead in half heading for intermission.
It seemed like momentum was on the Bruins side early on especially after the dramatic conclusion to the first period. Boston tied the game 2-2 five minutes into play when Brad Marchand scored the equalizer.
However sloppy play changed the flow of the game and the B’s chances at a victory. Adam McQuaid stumbled around the net causing a dangerous turnover, and Washington capitalized as Jay Beagle was left alone in front, scoring and giving the Caps the 3-2 lead.
Brooks Laich added a fourth goal for the Capitals on a nice deflection past Thomas, as Washington reestablished their original two goal lead.
Things were quiet as the third got underway, Bruins fans mostly silent due to the struggles of the team to that point. However the team played well in their best attempt at a rally.
After dominating over half of the period without anything to show for it, Johnny Boychuk gave the Bruins some late hope. He broke through the wall that was Vokoun to get the B’s within one of a tie with just over three minutes remaining.
However late efforts weren’t enough against the clock, as the Bruins couldn’t finish the comeback and lost to the highly motivated, who are trying to hang on for their playoff lives. Tomorrow the Bruins travel to take on the Penguins in Pittsburgh as they look to try again to start a winning streak.