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Apr 11, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Dan Vladar (80) reacts after a goal during the second period against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

If Bruins GM Don Sweeney makes a big move at the trade deadline, he’ll do so with a bitter taste in his mouth.

The Washington Capitals handed the Bruins their most lopsided loss of the season on Sunday night with an 8-1 victory at TD Garden on Sunday. T.J. Oshie and Conor Sheary both scored twice for the Caps, with Lars Eller, Nic Dowd, and Tom Wilson rounding out the scoring onslaught.

Craig Smith scored the lone goal of the game for the Bruins in the third period, but the game was long gone by that point.

The Capitals jump-started their scoring spree when Oshie and Eller scored just 16 seconds apart against Bruins starting goaltender Daniel Vladar in the first period. They went end-to-end for Sheary’s first goal to make it 3-0 just 1:53 after that. Sheary scored again just 4:41 into the second period on a power play.

For the Bruins, the loss marks their worst deficit of the season. They lost 7-2 to the New York Islanders on Feb. 25. The B’s also lost big despite out-shooting the Caps 35-33, and winning 54 percent of total faceoffs.

Boston now turns to the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline, which passes at 3 p.m. ET on Monday, April 12. They get the Buffalo Sabres, possibly without Taylor Hall, on Tuesday.

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