washington_capitals_logoBOSTON — Great teams and individuals do their best when they’re not consumed with revenge.

But in the case of the Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals, who meet tonight at TD Banknorth Garden in a nationally televised tilt scheduled for Versus, the Eastern Conference’s best team clearly wants to avenge two earlier losses this season to the team from our nation’s capital and clearly establish conference superiority.

The Caps have only outscored the Bruins, 5-2, with an empty-netter, so basically the Bruins have been a bounce or two away from at least pulling out a point in each game. That’s made all the more frustrating by the Bruins’ ability to limit the NHL’s leading goal-scorer Alexander Ovechkin to just one goal over the two games. But the Bruins have nothing to show for it.

Season series: The Bruins and Caps are meeting in Boston for the first time, as both Caps wins were on their home ice. The teams will meet once more this season, Feb. 28 at the Garden.

What they’re writing: Washington Post columnist John Feinstein urges the Caps to get back to work and win the Cup. Also in the Post, Tarik El-Bashir caught up with Caps coach Bruce Boudreau, who was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame last night. The Washington Times’ Corey Masisak reports that Karl Alzner is back with the Caps and could play tonight.

Washington Player to Watch: Caps defenseman Mike Green missed some time with injury earlier this season but is still fifth in defensemen scoring with 33 points. He’s the motor that gets the Caps’ offense going and the Bruins are going to have to do their best to slow him down. I expect Green to have a really big second half and, when it’s all said and done, he’ll be a Norris finalist.