The Boston Bruins went into Monday night’s match up on a 6-game winning streak, but left it with nothing but a bruised ego after suffering their worst lost of the season in a 10-2 pounding by the Washington Capitals. The Capitals scored early and often, lighting the net six times in the first period alone. Bruins Goaltender Tim Thomas was pulled from the game not once, but twice after allowing a season high of seven goals on 24 shots.
“It’s really tough to take,” Thomas said on yahoo.com. “It was embarrassing. On the other hand, what’s the difference? If you lost 3-2 or you lost like that, we’re still in the playoffs as of now. You definitely should learn from it, but you can’t get too far down.”
For the Capitals, Alex Ovechkin scored three goals and had two assists to lead the strong offensive attack. Ovechkin now has 52 goals on the season, best in the NHL, and almost had a fourth goal in the contest until it was re-scored as an assist on a deflected goal by Brooks Laich.
“Today, everything just went to the net,” Ovechkin said on yahoo.com. “You are going to score (in) lots of games, and some you (won’t). I always tell myself not to think about goals and to just play how I can.”
The Bruins need to bounce back from the tough loss and skate again tonight vs. the Florida Panthers who have been struggling this season. The Panthers bring a 29-31-8 record to the ice and have gone 3-4-3 over their past ten games compared to Boston’s 7-2-1 record.