We the People…Beat Bruins

Posted March 10, 2012

Everyday, the silent majority get louder and louder, thanks in no small part to the innovative invention of Twitter.  So when Verizon shakes and TVs are thrown, everyone’s reactions explode into 140 characters (or less) of awkward brilliance.  While you may love your 15 followers, we here at Capitals Outsider want to make sure they aren’t the only ones to hear your in-game gems.  Make it snazzy, folks. #wethepeople #caps

The Washington Capitals don’t have much reason to hate the Boston Bruins.  With no regional or historical rivalry, the only thing the two teams may have in common is a slight disdain for the Philadelphia Flyers.

But after the Bruins won the Stanley Cup last year, games against them are a measuring stick for how ready teams are to take it all.  Lately, with Nathan Horton out of the lineup and Tim Thomas struggling among a line of injured Boston goalies, the champions haven’t been able to maintain their usual level of dominance.

Still, beating the Bruins is big deal.

So when Alex Semin–whose pointless streak during the Caps five-game home stand landed him on the fourth line in practice–scored it was a great time to throw it in somebody’s face.  Or celebrate Semin’s other quirks.

Then, Matt Hendricks got the better of a dirty net-front battle with Thomas, and well, things got dirty.

The Bruins being the Bruins, that would not be the end of the game, as Tomas Vokoun got over the horrible depression that hit him after allowing a late goal in the first.  After Brad Marchand tied it on a breakaway, the Caps went back to action, and despite having another power play killed, the energy from a good effort led to  a rare Jay Beagle goal.

Last but certainly not least, the forever dreamy Brooks Laich notched the eventual game-winner as the power play was finally rewarded.