Boston Bruins (0-0-0 0pts) v. Washington Capitals (0-0-0 0pts)
To kick off the 2022-23 NHL season the Washington Capitals would play host to the Boston Bruins, and to start the game the Caps would get an early powerplay, but good ole Blaine Forsythe didn’t bother to change a thing so it would be a non-existent powerplay for the Caps to start the game. Shortly after the Caps would go to the penalty kill and it would be Patrice Bergeron striking on the powerplay to give the B’s the 1-0 lead over the Caps. Then later in the period David Pastrnak would strike to grow the Bruins lead to two. The Caps would get a late powerplay opportunity, but once again did nothing with it.
In the second period Taylor Hall would open the period with a tally to grow the B’s lead to three, but the Caps would respond as Dylan Strome would make a spectacular play to get the puck to the front of the net, and with the assist of a lucky bounce, as Anthony Mantha would bury the puck into the net for the Caps first goal of the young season. Then later in the period Conor Sheary would strike on a beautiful blast to get the Caps back within one of the Bruins.
However, going into the third period the Capitals would fall flat as the Bruins would get goals from David Krejci and Hampus Lindholm to defeat the Caps 5-2. For the Caps this was a disappointing start for the team as the first half of the game they came out flat, and the fact that the powerplay was not really clicking and they were dominated in the faceoff circle (both of which fall under Forsythe) this was not a good solid effort from the Caps. They did have good opportunities, but they threw too many away with too many passes when they really should have gone for it.
The Caps don’t have a lot of time to think about this one as they head to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
Taylor Hall — Patrice Bergeron — Jake DeBrusk
Pavel Zacha — David Krejci — David Pastrnak
A.J. Greer — Charlie Coyle — Craig Smith
Nick Foligno — Tomas Nosek — Jakub Lauko
Hampus Lindholm — Brandon Carlo
Derek Forbort — Jakub Zboril
Mike Reilly — Connor Clifton
Scratched: Anton Stralman, Jack Studnicka, Trent Frederic
Injured: Brad Marchand (hip), Charlie McAvoy (shoulder), Matt Grzelcyk (shoulder)
Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Connor Brown
Aliaksei Protas — Dylan Strome — Anthony Mantha
Marcus Johansson — Lars Eller — T.J. Oshie
Conor Sheary — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway
Martin Fehervary — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen
Erik Gustafsson — Trevor van Riemsdyk
Scratched: Joe Snively, Connor McMichael, Matt Irwin
Injured: Nicklas Backstrom (hip), Tom Wilson (lower body), Carl Hagelin (hip, eye)
BOS Penalty – 2:38 – Brandon Carlo – Tripping
WAS Penalty – 7:12 – Evgeny Kuznetsov – High Sticking
BOS PPG – 7:58 – Patrice Bergeron (1) from David Pastrnak (1) and David Krejci (1)
BOS Goal – 15:03 – David Pastrnak (1) from David Krejci (2) and Connor Clifton (1)
BOS Penalty – 17:23 – Taylor Hall – Roughing
BOS Goal – 6:14 – Taylor Hall (1) from David Pastrnak (2) and Mike Reilly (1)
WAS Goal – 7:34 – Anthony Mantha (1) from Dylan Strome (1) and Erik Gustafsson (1)
BOS Penalty – 9:43 – Taylor Hall – Slashing
WAS Goal – 12:43 – Conor Sheary (1) from Nic Dowd (1)
BOS Penalty – 17:54 – Brandon Carlo – Holding
WAS Penalty – 4:20 – Nick Jensen – Holding
WAS Penalty – 7:09 – Martin Fehervary – Tripping
BOS Goal – 16:17 – David Krejci (1) from David Pastrnak (3) and Pavel Zacha (1)
BOS ENG – 18:55 – Hampus Lindholm (1) from unassisted
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