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The Boston Bruins needed two points Thursday night against the Capitals to clinch a playoff spot but came out of the game with only one in a 3-2 shootout loss to Washington. The Bruins found themselves down two in the third period and battled back to force overtime and a shootout. David Krejci and Andrew Ference scored the late goals. Adam McQuaid suffered an eye injury on a hit from Jason Chimera; McQuaid is not traveling with the team for Saturday’s game in New York against the Islanders.
Dennis Seidenberg missed the game against the Capitals with an infected cut he received against the Kings. Now we can add McQuaid to the mix of hurt players. Anytime there is a head hitting the boards or glass you just don’t know how bad the injury is going to be.
There is a report saying that there is no concussion on ESPN Boston, this report also says that his eye is swollen shut and came along with a bad cut. With only five games left in the regular season, McQuaid could sit out until the playoffs start. If there is no concussion, then McQuaid should be ready once the swelling goes away.
The Capitals put two goals on the board in the first ten minutes of the 3rd period and looked to have the game under control. The Bruins decided they were not going down without a fight, even though they lost it was a good game and effort by them.
Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron provided the shootout goals for the Bruins; Krejci and Rich Peverley could not score to extend or win it. Surprising to not see Brad Marchand on the ice in the shootout over Peverley who is just coming back from injury.
The Bruins now hold a six point lead over Ottawa with only five games left, the division is just about locked up and the Bruins should have the second overall seed in the east. If everything stays this way to finish the year, Ottawa will be coming to Boston for the first game of the playoffs.