"In retrospect, it's over and we're through it", Boston forward David Backes said after the Bruins finished the regular season with back-to-back losses, falling 3-1 to the Capitals on Saturday to set up a potential first-round matchup with Washington.
The Bruins will start the playoffs on the road, but they still have a chance to avoid Washington in the first round if Toronto loses in regulation Sunday against Columbus. "We're going to be confident no matter who we play". "We did what we could through 82 games, and we can't change it now". Ottawa is playing very good hockey right now; we've had a tough time with them.
"I just thought we were real professional today with our approach". The Montreal Canadiens, winners of the Atlantic Division, will have home-ice advantage against the New York Rangers. But a win would have wrapped up the third seed and a first-round series against the Senators. The Maple Leafs, who clinched a playoff spot with a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday, are even in points with Boston. It will face the Senators if it gets at least a point against Columbus.
But who would the Bruins rather face? That sure beats the hell out of going against a behemoth Washington squad in round one and then either the defending Cup champion Penguins or Blue Jackets. The Capitals have won nine consecutive games against the Bruins. Edmonton's Connor McDavid needs three points for 100 on the season with two games remaining.
Kevin Shattenkirk scored the go-ahead goal 56 seconds after the Bruins tied it in the second period, and backup goalie Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves for the Capitals. "So, we're able to sit back and watch a little bit and tally them up at the end, with maybe a day and a half of rest on whomever we're playing".
Marcus Johansson, playing in his 500th National Hockey League game, scored the first Washington goal. Staying in probably the [Atlantic Division], people have said is probably the easier path. "They didn't get too much".
Bruins No. 2 goalie Anton Khudobin stopped 21 of 24 shots he faced in the first two periods before he was replaced by starter Tuukka Rask. He had his six-game winning streak stopped. Otherwise the Bruins would face Ottawa in the first round.
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The B's announced at the beginning of the second period that Carlo would not return because of an upper body injury. There was no penalty on either play.
NOTES: Bruins F Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson made his National Hockey League debut. Washington was without D John Carlson, who missed his third straight game with an unspecified injury, and F Brett Connolly, who was sick. C Paul Carey, a Boston native, made his TD Garden debut for Washington. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was a luxury suite for the game.
RW David Backes played his 800th National Hockey League game Thursday.
Already missing one of their top defensemen in Torey Krug, the Bruins were dealt another big blow on their blue line Saturday, as Carlo was forced to leave the game in the first stanza.
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