The playoffs are just around the corner, but Tuesday night was a relatively quiet one. The Bruins and Capitals played each other, but it can’t really be termed as a preview of their upcoming series given the Boston scratched Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Taylor Hall, David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask, and Charlie Coyle among others. In total, Boston had 17 players scratched, which is almost as many as they had dressed.
Nevertheless, the East Division is now set. Pittsburgh will be facing the Islanders and Washington will be up against Boston – without all the healthy scratches. We also now know the matchups for the North Division. With the Jets besting Vancouver last night, they have secured the third seed in the division. With that in mind, Toronto will face Montreal and Edmonton will play the Jets in the first round.
The playoffs are set to start on Saturday and you can expect playoff preview articles from us over the next few days. In the meantime, let’s look at yesterday’s action.
WASHINGTON 2 BOSTON 1
The Bruins’ only goal was scored by Curtis Lazar. It was his seventh goal and 13th point in 50 contests.
Jeremy Swayman stopped 30 of 32 shots last night. He had a 7-3-0 record, 1.50 GAA, and .945 save percentage in 10 starts as a rookie.
At the other end of the ice, Vitek Vanecek saved 24 of 25 shots. It was an impressive start, though as mentioned above the Bruins scratched most of their top players.
Michael Raffl scored the game-winning goal with just three seconds remaining. He has four goals and 11 points in 44 contests.
Washington’s other goal was scored by Carl Hagelin. He’s up to six goals and 16 points in 56 games.
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WINNIPEG 5 VANCOUVER 0
Connor Hellebuyck earned a 24-save shutout. He has a 23-17-3 record, 2.60 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 44 starts.
Bo Horvat fired a team-high six shots on Hellebuyck. He has 17 goals in 120 shots in 2020-21.
Blake Wheeler scored two goals and registered two assists. The Jets forward has 15 goals and 44 points in 49 contests.
Kyle Connor netted the game-winning goal and recorded two assists. That gives him 24 goals and 48 points in 55 games.
Braden Holtby turned aside 31 of 36 Jets shots. He allowed two goals on 10 shots in the second period and another two goals on 15 shots in the third frame.