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Tuukka Rask got the 22nd shutout of his career - probably one of the easiest - Gregory Campbell and Loui Eriksson scored second-period goals and the Bruins shut down the Capitals 3-0 on Thursday night.
For the second straight night, the Capitals managed just eight shots in the first two periods, not the kind of offense they need as they try to move into the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
So where do they go after being outshot 43-16 by the Bruins?
“Up. You can’t get much lower than that, I guess,” Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner said. “The killer instinct isn’t there right now and it needs to be there because we are running out of time.”
Washington is one point out of the eighth playoff spot with 18 games left.
Boston finished the scoring on Brad Marchand’s empty-net goal with 1:34 left and moved one point behind Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh, which played at San Jose.
Rask was 0-3-3 against the Capitals in his career, but was rarely challenged on Thursday. Boston didn’t even have to worry about Washington’s power play, the second best in the NHL. No penalties were called in the game.
“You’re kind of afraid of those guys when they get a power play because they’ve got so much firepower and they are so disciplined,” Rask said.
“It was frustrating, but it’s no more frustrating to me than it is to the other guys in the room,” Holtby said. “A goalie can’t rely on offense. You have no control over that. You control your game and what you can contribute to the team.”
Washington has lost all its games since beating Boston on Saturday for its fourth straight win. It lost to Philadelphia twice, 5-4 in overtime then 6-4 on Wednesday night, before getting blanked by Boston.
“We talked about that before the game, how they’re probably going to be a little tired and we need to take advantage of that,” Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski said. “I think we did a good job of it.”
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