Postgame: Washington Capitals get their kill shot against Boston Bruins – Washington Post (blog)
BOSTON – Barry Trotz approached the blue interview backdrop, at ease after a 4-0 blowout over the Bruins, and joked about how, days before, the eagle’s wings had given him devil’s horns. It was a relaxed moment to follow a relaxing evening, when Trotz watched his captain score twice, his goaltender record a shutout, his defense continue to improve and his new team, in the words of one player, “[put] our foot on the snake and … finish the job.”
“It was big,” Trotz said after his first victory in Washington. “I was telling the guys, finally. I didn’t want to go, like, 0-82. That would be sort of embarrassing. I always say you go into every season, you don’t really relax until you get the first win. We got one, and I’m sure we’ll get another along the way here.”
Growing concern filled the Boston locker room here at TD Garden, where words like “embarrassment” were tossed around after the Bruins’ first home shutout loss to the Capitals since the century turned. Down the hall, Washington had plenty reason to celebrate. Trotz earned his first win. Ovechkin moved within nine points of Peter Bondra’s franchise record. Braden Holtby withstood an assault on the crease, finished with 29 saves and helped kill seven Bruins power plays. Nineteen-year-old rookie Andre Burakovsky tallied two assists. Defenseman Mike Green returned from a minor injury and ripped a one-timer in his season debut.
Most encouragingly, though, was how Washington rebounded from Thursday night’s disappointing season opener, when it backed Montreal into a corner during a strong first period yet never delivered the knockout punch.
“I didn’t totally like the way we played,” Trotz said. “I thought we played better at home …read more