The Bruins returned to the TD Garden Monday night where they hosted the Alex Ovechkin-less Washington Capitals. With the Caps mostly sporting a group of guys who will start the season outside of Washington, the Bruins struggled with the Caps. Despite outshooting Washington 38-14, the Capitals managed to force overtime with a third period tally by Martin Erat, but Chris Kelly’s second of the preseason sent Bruins fans home happy.
Let’s take a look at Bruins Daily’s three takeaways from the Bruins 3-2 overtime win over the Washington Capitals.
Bruins power play continues to be powerful
The Bruins have lit the lamp 15 times this preseason, seven of those have come on the power play including two last night from Captain Zdeno Chara. The Bruins are trying something new this season as they will use Chara and his 6’9 frame to create havoc down in front of opposing teams’ net, something that worked very well on the Bruins first goal of the evening as Chara tipped a Seidenberg shot from the point past Caps’ goalie Braden Holtby. Chara would later beat Holtby again with a rocket to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead at the time.
“He was good’ said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “I think when you looked at the goalie on that first goal, he tipped it in. And he was in front with a lot of chaos going on and a lot of loose pucks so he creates some havoc in front of there.”
With Chara now setting up shop down low, the addition of Jarome Iginla, and the emergence of young offensive defensemen Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski, the Bruins could finally be deadly on the power play.
Spooner shows he wants roster spot
With the regular season just over a week away NHL teams will have some tough decisions to make as rookies and veterans a like battle for open roster spots. After seeing the way he played in the Bruins win over the Capitals, the Bruins will have a difficult choice to make when it comes to Ryan Spooner. Despite not finding the score sheet, Spooner had one heck of a game against the Capitals Monday night. The 21 year-old Spooner had 4 shots on goal in 16:08 of ice time. Spooner was all over the ice Monday night, using his speed to create scoring chances for the Bruins. No matter what the Bruins decide to do with Spooner, all the youngster can do is try and remain positive.
“Yeah obviously I’ll be a little bit disappointed” said Spooner of possibly being sent back to Providence. “But I know that I have a great team here and players and I’ll do as best as I can and for me if that means going back to play I’m going to work really hard there, just listen to what they say on their feedback and that’s all I can do. Just try to stay positive.”
Spooner has had a very good camp and can make things even more difficult on the Bruins with a few more preseason games like tonight.
Lucic dropping gloves in preseason tilt makes for a scary bout
Anytime your $6 Million top line forward drops the gloves in the preseason with a kid trying to make a name for himself, you’re going to worry. Well that was the case Monday night when Lucic and Joel Rechlicz decided to dance in the first period. The fight ensued after Lucic nailed Capitals forward Dane Byers with a clean hit. Rechlicz felt otherwise and immediately went after Lucic. The fight was an entertaining one for sure, but still scary to see Lucic throw punches around in a meaningless preseason game. Lucic weighed in on the pros and cons of a preseason fight.
“Like you said, obviously there’s a lot of cons to fighting in the preseason. You don’t want to break a hand or get a concussion or anything like that from fighting in the preseason” said Lucic.
“The pros are you’re showing that no matter what the situation is and no matter what the game is, you’re going to stick up for yourself and your teammates, [no matter] what the situation is. And that’s what basically was there – I didn’t really have a choice, so like I said, it was just good to get into one. It was a long one; I had to catch my breath after that one.”
Lucic picked up his fourth assist of the preseason on Chara’s second goal Monday night as Lucic showed that he is picking up right where he left off a season ago. The Bruins can’t afford to lose Lucic to an injury, especially one caused by a preseason fight.
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