Well, that was unexpected.
The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins entered Tuesday night’s game at Verizon Center on polar opposites of the momentum spectrum.
The Bruins, the defending Stanley Cup Champions who have rolled all season and have a ridiculous plus-71 goal differential, were coming off a 6-5 win over the Flyers on Sunday. The Capitals, owners of a minus-three goal differential, had lost three of four, struggling to find consistency all season. They were missing a full third of their payroll and their three biggest stars.
The script was set perfectly for a Boston Massacre, as it were.
So, naturally, the Capitals were 5-3 winners in what was a huge victory heading into the All-Star break.
No, the Capitals did not execute an excellent game plan; they did not beat down the most physical team in the NHL with aggressive forechecking. They were outmuscled along the boards often, made silly passes, and were dominated for stretches by a clearly superior hockey team.