Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/5/13
12 p.m. ET: The Bruins had high hopes for the 2011-12 season after winning the Stanley Cup a season prior. Those high hopes were shot down early in last season’s playoffs, however, thanks to the Washington Captials. The B’s get their first chance to exact a little bit of revenge on Tuesday night when they had to the nation’s capital to take on the Caps. It’s the first meeting of the two teams since Washington shocked Boston in the first round of last year’s playoffs, thanks to Joel Ward’s overtime goal in Game 7 at the Garden. The Caps look a little bit different this year, and that’s thanks in large part to the change behind the bench. Gone is the defensive-minded Dale Hunter, and in his place is one of the best playmakers in NHL history, Adam Oates. To say there has been a shift in the hockey ideology in D.C. might be a slight understatement. Things were ugly early on in Washington, but the Capitals have turned the corner some in the last couple of weeks. They’re 6-4-0 in their last 10, and while they’re sitting in fourth place in the Southeast, they’re still very much alive — because it’s the Southeast. They’ll likely be welcoming a very unhappy Bruins team to the Verizon Center, though. The B’s are looking to bounce back from a tough 4-3 loss to the Canadiens on Sunday night, and they’ll probably be more than willing to take that out on Washington.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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