Things started off on a great note for the Washington Capitals fell to the Boston Bruins by a score of 5-3 in National Hockey League action on Monday.
Leading the way in scoring for the Capitals was Zdeno Chara, Daniel Sprong, and John Carlson. As for the Bruins David Pastrnak was able to score twice, Craig Smith, Brandon Carlo and Brad Marchand.
There was a combination of mistakes, bad play and losing their offensive momentum was the reason why the Capitals found themselves on the losing side.
Helping to start off the scoring for the Capitals was Chara, who joined the team with the Boston Bruins. Chara who had spent the past 14 seasons as the Bruins captain and their top defenseman, showed them what they will be missing with a long-range blast that was able to give the team an early lead.
Sprong followed shortly on a goal that featured him going into the Bruins zone, showing some great puck control and finding the back of the cage for what was back-to-back goals.
The offensive momentum continued for the Capitals when Carlson was able to record his fourth power play goal of the season. Carlson has done well with his overall play, as he now has 11 points on the season and is on a team-leading seven game point streak.
Boston started to gain momentum though on a goal by Pastrnak and never looked back.
The team will now enjoy some time off before heading to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers for a game on Thursday that is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
It was also announced by the league recently that goaltender Vitek Vanecek and MedStar Washington Hospital Center emergency room RN Mary ‘Dani’ Dell’Isola have been named the NHL’s ‘Rookies of the Month’ for January.
Throughout this current season the NHL is celebrating the remarkable efforts of the off-ice stars who are helping everyone through the pandemic.
Dell’Isola began her nursing career as a new graduate in February 2020, right at the onset of the pandemic. Along with caring for patients and honing her nursing skills, Dell’Isola quickly learned how to remain safe during an unprecedented healthcare crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic almost immediately changed her outlook and perspective, providing greater awareness about the importance of frontline workers overall and nurses in particular. Dell’Isola, who regularly attends Capitals games, says that she is looking forward to the day when she can return to Capital One Arena. In the meantime, she is proud that her nursing career has helped those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Vanecek went 5-0-2 with a 2.78 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in seven January appearances to edge New Jersey Devils defenseman Ty Smith (2-6-8 in 9 GP), Minnesota Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov (2-6-8 in 10 GP), Vancouver Canucks left wing Nils Hoglander (3-3-6 in 11 GP) and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen (3-1-2, 1.97 GAA, .937 SV%) for “Rookie of the Month” honors.
Vanecek, who was selected by Washington in the second round (39th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, became the 11th goaltender in League history to begin his career with a point streak of at least seven games – and the first to accomplish the feat since Mike Condon in 2015‑16 (6-0-2 w/ MTL). The 25-year-old Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic, native – who was thrust into duty following the absences of Ilya Samsonov and Henrik Lundqvist – is the first Capitals goaltender to be named a “Rookie of the Month” since fellow Czech Michal Neuvirth in October 2010.
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