Capitals beat Bruins to gain East 3 seed, face Isles next


T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson scored, Braden Holtby made 30 recoveries and the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in cooperative play Sunday to secure the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and set up a first-round matchup against previous mentor Barry Trotz's New York Islanders.

Capitals beat Bruins to gain East 3 seed, face Isles next


"We realize their framework well," commander Alex Ovechkin said. "It's going to be tight games, it's going to be intense games. It's not going to be simple."

Boston, which won the Presidents' Trophy as the top the group during the NHL ordinary season that was stopped’ in March, lost every one of the three of its seeding games and tumbled to fourth in the East. The Bruins will confront the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round in a rematch of the 2019 East last.

"Our top line, they've been held off the score sheet and I trust it will be an intense errand for Carolina to do that on a reliable premise," Boston mentor Bruce Cassidy said of the trio of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and top objective scorer David Pastrnak. "I feel that those folks will have the option to get their game moving, however we're going to require that essential scoring."

Trotz trained Washington to its first Stanley Cup title in establishment history in 2018, at that point left in an agreement debate. Trotz went to the Islanders, while the Capitals employed his top collaborator, Todd Reirden, as lead trainer. This is the first occasion when they've gone head to head’ in a season finisher arrangement since.

I figure it will be one serious arrangement," Trotz said. "The two groups are well-prepared to go at one another."

Washington shook off a shootout misfortune to Tampa Bay and a guideline misfortune to Philadelphia to proceed with its years-long strength of Boston. The Capitals have now won 17 of their previous 19 games against the Bruins and by procuring the third seed can't play the top-seeded Flyers until the gathering last.

"I believe we're fabricating our game," Wilson said. "We're liking it. We must continue building."

It's hazy whether Norris Trophy finalist John Carlson will be prepared’ for Game 1 against the Islanders in the wake of missing the all of the cooperative play with a physical issue. The 30-year-old defenseman went down to the ice gracelessly in Washington's display game versus Carolina on July 29 and has polished however not played since.

Jake DeBrusk scored and Tuukka Rask made 23 puts something aside for Boston, which additionally got help from winger Ondrej Kase in his cooperative introduction.

NOTES: With Carlson still out, a new kid on the block Martin Fehervary made his cooperative presentation, supplanting Radko Gudas on the Capitals blue line. ... Connor Clifton played on safeguard for the Bruins instead of Matt Grzelcyk.

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