What is happening inside the minds of the Bruins the night before an afternoon game? Do they not get much sleep? Are they concentrating on other things besides the game itself? At this point, it is logical to say the B's would much rather play at night.
Boston fell to the Washington Capitals Saturday afternoon by a score of 4-3. The Bruins dressed seven defensemen for this one due to the late scratch of Benoit Pouliot. It was later confirmed that he has a lower-body injury. Mike Mottau got some ice up front in his absence.
The Caps grabbed two first period goals that were scored by Alexander Semin and Matt Hendricks. Milan Lucic cut the lead in half by poking the puck past Capitals' goaltender Tomas Vokoun just seconds before the first intermission. Credit goes to Patrice Bergeron on a key face-off win that led to the goal.
Washington grabbed two more goals in the game. Brad Marchand and Johnny Boychuk also had goals, but it was not enough as Tim Thomas had allowed four goals in yet another game. Jordan Caron now has points in four straight games by picking up an assist on Boychuk's goal.
The crowd erupted when Zdeno Chara sent Marcus Johansson through the glass near the penalty box. We have not seen one of those incidents in quite some time.
By the end of next week, the Bruins should get some pieces back as Daniel Paille and Andrew Ference are almost ready to be back in the lineup.
The B's will play another afternoon game on Sunday when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins.
Gold Star: Brad Marchand (1 goal, 1 assist, plus-1 rating, 4 shots on goal)...He had a solid performance in this game.
Black Star: Tim Thomas (26 saves on 30 shots, 4 goals allowed, .867 save percentage)...He should not get anymore excuses for his sub-par play lately.