Super Dud: Caps Fall 1-0 to Bruins

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Posted February 3, 2019

Alex Ovechkin returned after serving a suspension on Friday for missing the All Star game. (Caps Outsider)

The Caps game out of the bye week with a seven-game losing streak, but cut that streak on Friday with a 4-3 win against the Flames. Playing a Super Bowl Sunday matinee against the Boston Bruins – a team that hasn’t beat them since 2014 – the Caps fell 1-0, skating lackadaisically up until about 7 minutes to go before they started putting on real pressure. Despite a late push, the Caps couldn’t get a shot in.

The Bruins outshot the Caps, 38-24, but at one point were being outshot 27-8. Coach Todd Reirden was most frustrated with some of the minor penalties the Caps took, and even benched Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitrij Jaskin for their infractions.

Branden Holtby was the second star of the game with 37 saves, right behind Boston goalie Tuukka Rask.  Reirden said Holtby played very strongly, which he normally does against the Bruins.

If there’s any good news to take from this game, it’s that the Caps did put on pressure and had a number of good looks at the net late in the game.