Bruins-Capitals Snapshots

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Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 6:30 PM Boston Bruins

BRUINS 14-3-2 (30 pts) AT WASHINGTON CAPITALS 8-11-1 (17 pts)

6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots:

Matchup: The B's come into tonight's matchup against the Capitals having won six of their last seven games, with their six-game winning streak snapped by the Montreal Canadiens on March 3. The Capitals have also been been playing well of late, winning six of their last nine games after coming out to a slow start to the season, starting just 1-5-1 through the month of January.

Goalie Dual: Tuukka Rask (11-2-2, GAA 1.97, SV% .928) will be in goal for the B's, opposite the Capital's Braden Holtby (7-7-0, GAA 3.01, SV% .907).

Bergeron Line Dazzles: The Bergeron-Marchand-Seguin line has been on a tear, registering 14 points between the three of them in their last four games, including a combined eight point performance on March, 3 against the Canadiens. Seguin and Bergeron come into tonight with a plus/minus rating of +15 which ties them for second in the NHL. All three linemates are riding point streaks tonight with assistant captain Bergeron logging points in his last four games (2-5=7). Seguin and Marchand earned points in their last two games registering 2-1=3 and 1-3=4 totals, respectively.

Rookie Streaking: Bruins rookie defenseman, Dougie Hamilton, has been on a three-game point streak notching one goal and two assists in his last three games. Hamilton is second among rookie defenseman with 13 points and is tied for third in goals with two.

Bergeron Earns Star of the Week: The NHL announced March 4, that Bruins forward and reigning Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron has been named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week of February 25 to March 3. Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty and Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom earned the first and third stars of the week, respectively. Read More : http://bruins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=658506

The B's Capital Problem: The Capitals have gone 11-4-2 in their last 17 games against Boston, including 3-1-0 during last year's campaign. Washington has also won three of the last four season series against the B's dating back to the 2008-09 season.

Special Teams Comparison:

Boston: 9-for-61 on the PP (14.8%, 22nd in NHL), 72-for-79 on the PK (91.1%, 1st in the NHL)

Washington: 18-for-69 on the PP (26.1, 3rd), 63-for-82 on the PK (76.8, tied for 27th)

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