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Bruins can’t complete comeback vs. Capitals

03.10.12 at 3:31 pm ET
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The Bruins came just short in their comeback bid Saturday, falling by a 4-3 score to the Capitals at TD Garden.

With the team trailing by two, Johnny Boychuk buried a rebound with just over three minutes in regulation to make it a one-goal game, but it wasn’t enough to bring the B’s back.

The Capitals got two goals within a 25-second span, as Alexander Semin and Matt Hendricks scored at 7:50 and 8:15 of the first period, respectively. Milan Lucic brought the Bruins within one with less than six seconds remaining in the first period, and Brad Marchand tied the game with an unassisted goal 4:58 into the second period. Jay Beagle broke the 2-2 tie 11:22 into the second period, and Brooks Laich provided insurance with a power-play goal just over six minutes later.

Benoit Pouliot was a last-second scratch for the B’s, resulting in the team having to dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Lane MacDermid was moved up to the third line, while defenseman Mike Mottau played some forward on the fourth line.

Playing in his eighth straight game, Tim Thomas took the loss for the Bruins. Tomas Vokoun was the winning goalie for Washington.

The Bruins will play again Sunday when they trade to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins. Sidney Crosby, who was initially expected to make his return Sunday, will not play vs. the B’s.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

– Thomas has now played in eight straight games for the B’s. While that has some fans crying that they’re overplaying him, the Bruins really aren’t working him any more than they did down the stretch last season. Remember, Thomas played in 13 of the final 19 games of the regular season last year. Marty Turco should get in one of the Bruins’ next two games.

Playing time might not necessarily be the problem for Thomas, but the fact that he’s allowed four goals in three of his last four games is.

– Krejci took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at 12:02 of the second period with the B’s trailing, 3-2. The 25-year-old center was called offsides and flung the pick at linesman Jean Morin, resulting in the easy call. Getting frustrated on the ice is one thing, but taking it to the point where you’re putting your team in a bad spot when you’re trailing by a goal is quite another.

– Speaking of penalties, Greg Zanon was called for two of them in his latest shaky outing since coming over to the B’s at the trade deadline last Monday. The second of the two penalties led to Laich’s power-play goal, though the roughing call on Zanon was pretty questionable to begin with.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– With Pouliot out, Julien did plenty of mixing and matching with his lines, and it paid off. A shift after Tyler Seguin and David Krejci skated with Gregory Campbell, a line of Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Brian Rolston produced a late goal after Bergeron won the faceoff against Beagle and Lucic squeezed a shot through Vokoun’s five-hole.

– Jordan Caron continues to impress for the B’s. The 2009 first-round pick played most of the game with Bergeron and Marchand, and also saw time on the power play in Pouliot’s place. Marchand threw a big hit on Alexander Ovechkin to created the turnover that led to Marchand’s unassisted tally. That won’t show up on the stat sheet, but it’s clear that Caron is still in the zone and plenty capable of handling the opportunity he’s being given.

Caron kept his four-game point streak, getting the secondary helper on Boychuk’s goal.

– Playing in his fourth career game and skating on the third line, MacDermid drew a pair of first-period penalties to put the B’s on the man advantage. Mathieu Perreault hooked MacDermid at 11:19, while Roman Hamrlik went off for tripping the 22-year-old at 16:03.

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