Jimmy Hayes

5 things we learned as Bruins fall to Capitals in first road loss of season

DJ Bean
November 05, 2015 - 4:45 pm
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The Bruins finally got over the "scoring on Braden Holtby" hump. They'€™ll figure out the "beating the Capitals" thing some other time. Though the B'€™s got a power play from Jimmy Hayes in the first period to finally score on the Washington goalie, Holtby got the last laugh by standing tall for the rest of the game as the Capitals took a 4-1 victory over the Bruins. With Boston having not scored on Holtby at all last season, Hayes'€™ goal ended Holtby'€™s shutout streak against the Bruins at 199:30. The loss was the Bruins'€™ second straight as they head to face the Canadiens Saturday in Montreal. The Bruins are now 5-1-0 on the road, as Thursday marked the Bruins' first loss away from TD Garden. The B'€™s overall record on the season now stands at 6-5-1. Here are four more things we learned Thursday: BAD BRAT TAKES OVER AS BAD PENALTIES PILE UP The Bruins were already in a tight spot when an unnecessarily Jimmy Hayes slashing penalty put the league'€™s worst penalty kill on the ice in the second period. Tuukka Rask gave the B'€™s reason for optimism by making a pair of sensational saves of on T.J. Oshie, but any optimism failed to last thanks to a dumb move from Brad Marchand. After Rask followed up a kick save on Oshie by gloving the rebound big, Marchand punched Oshie in the back of the head. Oshie and Marchand had been taking whacks at one another in front of the net prior to the play, but Marchand'€™s punch was clear as day and led to a roughing penalty to give Washington a 1:18 5-on-3. The Capitals wouldn'€™t need that much time, as John Carlson scored 28 seconds into the 5-on-3 to give Washington a 3-1 lead. Those weren'€™t the only ill-advised penalties Boston took. The B'€™s were also whistled for too many men on the ice with 10.8 seconds remaining in the second period. ONE MILLER STAYS HOT... With an assist on Hayes'€™ first-period goal, Colin Miller extended his point streak to five games. Miller, who scored his first career goal in Tuesday'€™s loss to the Stars, has one goal and four assists over this five-game span. He had just one point, an assist, in his previous six games. WHILE THE OTHER'€™S STRUGGLES CONTINUE Kevan Miller has not had a strong go of it this season. He'€™s not in the lineup for anything he can do offensively, but his work in his own zone has left much to be desired. Poor gap control has cost the Bruins multiple goals this season (including Tyler Seguin'€™s first of three on Tuesday night), while Thursday night saw Miller give up the puck in the corner of the Boston zone on a Capitals possession that eventually led to Ovechkin'€™s goal. Miller wasn't the only Bruins defenseman who could have done more to prevent a goal against, as Joe Morrow let Brooks Laich slip behind him and screen Rask on what proved to be the game-winning goal at 4:10 of the second period. Zach Trotman has sat for 11 straight games. Though the Bruins are probably more comfortable with Miller killing penalties, perhaps the Bruins could soon give Trotman a game and Miller a night in the press box. TALBOT STEPS IN FOR KELLY As expected, Max Talbot was in Boston'€™s lineup Thursday in place of Chris Kelly, who is done for at least the regular season. Talbot played left wing on the fourth line with Joonas Kemppainen and Tyler Randell. Zac Rinaldo joined Zach Trotman as a healthy scratch. Randell dropped the gloves for the first time in a regular-season NHL game, defeating Michael Latta in a second-period bout.

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