The Washington Capitals will face the Boston Bruins in Boston for the first time this season today at TD Bank Garden.
The Capitals have gone 5-2-0 in their last seven regular-season games in Boston, including a 3-2 shootout win on March 29, 2012 at TD Garden. Washington has outscored Boston 22-17 during that span and tallied four goals in four of those seven contests. The Capitals have gone 12-4-2 in their last 18 regular-season games against Boston, including going 3-1-0 last season. Washington has won three of the last four season series against the Bruins dating back to the 2008-09 season.
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Associated Press: Capitals-Bruins Preview
March 16 Assigned Cameron Schilling to Hershey
March 14 Acquired Nicolas Deschamps from Toronto in exchange for Kevin Marshall
March 14 Acquired Chay Genoway from Minnesota in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2014
D Mike Green – day-to-day
D Tomas Kundratek – day-to-day
D John Erskine – day-to-day
F Brooks Laich – day-to-day
TOP FIVE CAPS FACTS
Club 700 – Captain Alex Ovechkin tallied a goal and an assist on March 14 at Carolina for his 700 and 701st career points in his 579th-career game. Ovechkin became the third-fastest active player to reach the 700-point plateau, behind only Teemu Selanne (541) and Jaromir Jagr (557). Ovechkin also became the fastest player to reach 700 points since Peter Forsberg did so in his 549th game in October 2003. Ovechkin became just the third Capital (Peter Bondra and Mike Gartner) to record 700 or more points as a member of Washington and just the 22nd player to record 700 or more points in his first eight seasons. Ovechkin trails Bondra by just one assist for sixth all-time in Capitals history.
Quite a start – Capitals defenseman Steve Oleksy made his NHL debut on March 5 vs. Boston and tallied his first career NHL point (an assist). On March 7 vs. Florida, Oleksy collected his first career multi-point game with two assists and led the Capitals in ice time (22:13) and blocked shots (4). On March 10 against the Rangers, Oleksy scored his first career NHL goal. Oleksy recorded a career-high in ice time, skating a team-high 27:55 on March 14 at Carolina.
Neuvirth stands tall – Michal Neuvirth started in goal for Washington on March 14 at Carolina, making 36 saves in a 3-2 game to earn his second win of the season and his first win since Jan. 27 vs. Buffalo. Thursday marked Neuvirth’s first start since Feb. 7 at Pittsburgh.
Never out of it – The Capitals scored three un-answered goals in their 3-2 victory over Carolina on March 14, including two goals in the third period. The Capitals have outscored their opponents 25-14 in the third period since Feb. 1 and have won three games this season when trailing after two periods, trailing only Anaheim and Edmonton (four wins) in that category.
Boston market – Alex Ovechkin has recorded 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in 28 career games against Boston while Nicklas Backstrom has tallied 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) in 17 career games against the Bruins. Backstrom and Ovechkin combined for four points (all assists) in the first matchup against Boston this season.