Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins returned to our nation's capital once again on Sunday afternoon to take on the Washington Capitals. Judging from the opening sentence, one would think that Thomas had some significance in this game. That was indeed the case as he made 35 saves in a 4-1 Bruins victory.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien mixed up two of the lines for this game. He put Jordan Caron and Benoit Pouliot with David Krejci and Chris Kelly centered Milan Lucic and Rich Peverley. The shuffling of the lines provided a slight spark that the B's lacked in the last two games.
Lucic and Peverley had a goal each. Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand also recorded a goal. Patrice Bergeron had an assist of both of his linemate's tallies. Zdeno Chara had a big game on defense by finishing with a plus-3 rating.
Marcus Johansson had the lone goal for the Capitals. Alex Ovechkin made his presence felt in the game as he recorded seven shots on goal and seven hits. He did not skate against the Bruins in their last meeting due to a suspension.
This was a good win for Boston against a quality team. Let's see if they can have a repeat performance on Wednesday night when they face the Buffalo Sabres.
Gold Star: Rich Peverley (1 goal, 1 assist, plus-2 rating, 4 shots on goal)...The new lines seemed to help out particular players and he was one of them.
Black Star: Gregory Campbell...Not much came from this line and it started with the center.