BOSTON -- It wasn't much of a challenge, but Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask recorded his league-leading sixth shutout of the season as Boston defeated the Washington Capitals 3-0 on Thursday night at TD Garden.
Rask finished with just 16 saves, while teammates Gregory Campbell, Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand (empty net) provided the goals to help the Bruins to their third straight win. Campbell now has four goals in his last four games.
It's also hard to believe this Capitals team defeated the Bruins 4-2 Saturday at the Garden. The Capitals, who have the second-ranked power-play unit in the league, scored two power-play goals that game, so the Bruins knew they needed to stay disciplined and out of the penalty box in order to have success Thursday, which they were able to do.
After a scoreless first period, the Bruins gained a 1-0 lead at 3:05 of the second period. Campbell led the Boston forecheck and did the grunt work before he was rewarded with his seventh goal of the season when he redirected Patrice Bergeron's one-timer past Washington goalie Braden Holtby.
The Bruins continued their pressure and gained a 2-0 lead at 8:20 of the second. Again, Boston's forecheck proved too much for the Washington defense when Eriksson, who missed the last game due to a heel infection, scored a nifty goal from pointblank range. It was his seventh goal of the season.
With 2:02 remaining in regulation, Capitals coach Adam Oates decided to pull Holtby for the extra attacker, but Marchand scored the empty-netter with 1:34 remaining to close out Washington. It was Marchand's 21st goal of the season.
NAILS: Early in the first period, it appeared Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk suffered an injury when he hit the boards behind Boston's net. He skated off the ice, favoring his left side and went directly to the room, followed by a team doctor. Fortunately for the Bruins, he returned a few minutes later and finished the game. Five times this season the Bruins have been forced to play with five defensemen in a game due to injuries. Prior to acquiring Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter at Wednesday's NHL trade deadline, the Bruins have been playing with only six defensemen on the roster.
UP NEXT: The Bruins head out on the road for three games, beginning Saturday at Tampa against the Lightning. Boston will face the Florida Panthers on Sunday, then the Bruins travel to Montreal for a much-anticipated battle against the Canadiens on Wednesday at Bell Centre.