Mathieu Perreault picked up his first career hat trick Tuesday night as the Capitals defeated the Bruins, 5-3, at the Verizon Center.
With Alexander Ovechkin out, the Capitals forward stole the show, beating Tuukka Rask three times to send the B’s to the All-Star break on a low note. Cody Eakin scored Washington’s first goal, while former Bruin Dennis Wideman sealed it with an empty-netter.
The B’s received goals from Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand in the loss. Seguin’s goal increased his team-leading total to 19 on the season.
The Bruins will now break for the All-Star game, in which Seguin, Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara will participate. Chara and Daniel Alfredsson will select the teams Thursday, with the game being played Sunday.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Tuesday’s loss marked the third straight game in which the Bruins allowed three or more goals to their opponent. That’s the first time that has happened this season, as the B’s have been third in the league in goals against. The defense has been far sloppier than the Bruins have been used to, and Thomas and Rask were not at their sharpest in the last two outings.
– Speaking of Rask, the Finnish goaltender allowed more than three goals for just the second time this season, with the last occurrence coming when he allowed four goals to the Hurricanes on Oct. 18. Rask entered Tuesday leading the NHL with a .943 save percentage, but that number took a hit with his performance against the Capitals.
The Capitals’ first goal was rather flukey, as Rask had the puck in his blocker, and, upon moving, put it in his own net. He wasn’t positioned well enough to respect Perreault 41 seconds later, and his overcommitting to Alexander Semin made for an easy Washington goal.
– Perreault’s hat trick meant the Bruins allowed hat tricks to opposing players in back-to-back games, which is a rather rare sight. Scott Hartnell scored three goals in the second period for Philadelphia in the Bruins’ shootout victory Sunday.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Patrice Bergeron remained red-hot for the Bruins, as his assist on Peverley’s goal made for his 25th point in his last 25 games. The assist was his 15th in that span, and he has 10 goals since the start of December. Bergeron was taking Krejci’s place on the line with Peverley and Lucic after the first-line center left the bench in the first period.
– Steven Kampfer was credited with the lone assist on Seguin’s goal, giving the extra defenseman his second point of the season.