WASHINGTON (AP) — Check dual some-more equipment off a list in an considerable homestretch by a Boston Bruins. They are now Atlantic Division champions, and Jarome Iginla has recovered from his delayed start to strech 30 goals once again.
Boston achieved those feats Saturday opposite a Washington Capitals, a unfortunate organisation whose initial and inaugural suspicion — creation a playoffs for a seventh true deteriorate — looked a bit some-more apart after Saturday’s 4-2 loss.
“We need these wins so bad,” Washington defenseman Karl Alzner said, “that infrequently we overplay. It can be a large problem that can unequivocally disaster your diversion up.”
And it’s not a good suspicion to disaster adult opposite a Bruins, who have won 14 of 15 and have authorised usually 13 goals over 11 games. Iginla scored twice, and Carl Soderberg combined a suspicion to give Boston a 3-0 lead in a second period, some-more than adequate to reason off a swell from a Washington organisation that woke adult too late.
The Bruins had already clinched a playoff spot, so a multiplication pretension didn’t emanate so most as a celebratory sputter in a locker room.
“We don’t even speak about that. we wasn’t even — we knew there was something that would occur if we won tonight, though we find out now we’ve clinched and that’s fine,” manager Claude Julien said. “Again, we’ve got an event to do even some-more than that.”
Patrice Bergeron combined a third-period suspicion to extend his goal-scoring strain to a career-high 6 games, and Chad Johnson done 31 saves. Iginla reached a 30-goal symbol for a 12th time, a good quip after scoring usually 4 in a initial 24 games this season.
“When we demeanour during a start he had, nobody would have likely that,” Julien said. “But he’s a flattering streaky goal-scorer.”
Iginla now has 10 goals in 9 games.
“I’ve been removing some good bounces lately, and it’s been a fun year,” he said. “Fun to win games and be during a tip of a league, and to be on some streaks as a group.”
Washington began a day tied with Columbus, Detroit and Toronto in what has radically turn a four-way competition for dual playoff spots, though a Capitals would remove a tiebreaker opposite all 3 teams.
The Bruins gave a Capitals’ top-rated energy play usually 3 chances, and they corralled Alex Ovechkin adequate to keep a NHL’s heading suspicion scorer in a 5-on-5 slump. Ovechkin has 48 goals this season, though hasn’t scored during even-strength given Feb. 27.
The Capitals had no shots on suspicion in a initial 6 mins and usually dual after 14 minutes. The diversion was scoreless after a initial duration usually given of goalie Braden Holtby, though he could reason down a installation for usually so long. A turnover during core ice authorised Soderberg to open Iginla for a breakaway that non-stop a scoring in a second period.
A few mins later, Soderberg redirected an already deflected shot by Bergeron on a energy play to make it 2-0, and Iginla done it a three-goal lead by stuffing in his possess miscarry 41 seconds later.
Washington manager Adam Oates pronounced he was “shocked” during how feeble his organisation started.
“I suspicion a forechecking was lousy,” Oates said.
When a Capitals finally incited adult a intensity, it came from a third line that has led a organisation in new weeks. Jason Chimera put Washington on a house with 10 seconds remaining in a second period, and a widespread change by Chimera’s line drew a chastisement on Andrej Meszaros in a third.
But a Capitals couldn’t measure during a man-advantage, and shortly a Bruins had a energy play of their own. With Ovechkin off for charging, Bergeron put in a miscarry to revive a three-goal cushion.
Oates pronounced a chastisement on Ovechkin was a “terrible” call.
“I don’t like a call, though he called it,” Oates said. “He saw something that we don’t determine with now, though a pursuit is to kill it.”
NOTES: Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his second NHL suspicion in a final minute. … Capitals D Jack Hillen sat out with an upper-body damage postulated in a collision with Ovechkin during overtime of Tuesday’s detriment to a Los Angeles Kings. Hillen was transposed by John Erskine, who had been out with a lower-body damage and played for a initial time given Mar 5. … The Capitals are a final organisation to kick a Bruins in regulation, a 4-2 win on Mar 1. Since then, Boston has outscored opponents 54-20 in non-shootout goals.
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