Resting 15 of their regulars and going against a Capitals roster icing almost their entire regular roster, the young Bruins put up a fight, but ultimately fell on a last-second Michael Raffl goal to give Washington a 2-1 win at Capital One Arena.
The goal was a bitter night to what was a strong effort from a roster of mostly P-Bruins talents, and spoiled another strong showing from Jeremy Swayman, who turned aside all but two of the 32 shots faced in the losing effort.
The performance ‘dropped’ Swayman to an absurd .945 save percentage to finish the 2021 season.
Boston’s lone goal of the night, meanwhile, came from Curtis Lazar at the front of Vitek Vanecek’s net with help from a Jarred Tinordi activation in the attacking zone. The goal was Lazar’s second since his deadline move from Buffalo to Boston.
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“We fought hard,” Lazar said of the B’s effort Tuesday. “Lot of good things to take away from this game.”
Among the call-up standouts in this game, Oskar Steen impressed the Boston coaching staff more and more as the game went on, and Swedish forward finished the loss with a team-leading six hits in 17:00. His most notable hit certainly came in the first period when Steen, giving up a foot of height compared to Zdeno Chara, sent Chara tumbling into the boards.
On the backend, 5-foot-8 defenseman Jack Ahcan finished with 22:36 of action, which ranked third among all Boston skaters behind Steven Kampfer and Connor Clifton.
“I thought they played better as the game went along,” Bruce Cassidy said of his younger group. “Guys played with little more conviction. We tried to encourage them that they belong here. This is a good team we’re playing. Circumstances are a little bit unique, the last game of the year, etc., but for some of them, this might be the last game you play.
“And for others, if we have the run, we want to have, then opportunity may knock for you down the road so put your best foot forward. And I thought they responded well.”
The Bruins did not escape this game unscathed, however, as Jakub Zboril left early with an apparent upper-body injury.
The focus will now shift to the 2021 postseason, with the Bruins and Capitals set to get things started on Saturday night.
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