After a valiant 3 goal comeback in regulation, including Charlie McAvoy’s 1st of the year with the goalie pulled, the Capitals bested the Bruins in overtime. Alex Ovechkin blasted the game-winning score past Tuukka Rask to give Washington the extra point.
In a normal year, this would not have been a big deal. It was a good comeback against a team Boston has really struggled against over the past few seasons. Plus, they at least grabbed 1 point.
However, this is far from a normal year. With the Bruins only playing against the other 7 teams sharing their division, winning in regulation will be critical.
In a regular year, it would not really affect Boston if Washington got 2 points against them. While they are in the same conference, they compete in separate divisions. The Capitals’ point totals would only matter to the Bruins if both were gunning for a wild card entry.
However, during this season, it is vital that the Bruins earn as many regulation wins as possible. Not only is it important to grab 2 points whenever possible, Boston does not want opponents fattening up on OT and shootout loser points.
So far this campaign, the Bruins have played in 5 extra sessions.
Shootout win vs. Devils but got to overtime after allowing a 3rd-period goal to tie the game.
Overtime loss vs. Devils with just 2 seconds remaining in the session.
Shootout win vs. Flyers was needed after Philadelphia tied the contest late in the 3rd period.
Overtime win vs. Penguins, but Boston’s 2 goal lead in the 3rd should have been enough for the Bruins to earn a regulation win.
Overtime loss vs. Capitals after clawing to tie the game with under a minute left.
The positive angle is at least the Bruins have taken home that extra point more often than not. It would be a double-whammy had Boston been sub-par in the extra sessions.
However, this year, Boston needs to make sure they keep as many points to themselves. The Bruins are competing in a talented division in a condensed schedule. Regulation wins will play a role in deciding seeding, as well as who makes the playoffs.
Story by Chad Jones
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