BOSTON — With highest of expectations surrounding the Washington Capitals entering this season, and the enormous amount of coverage the team is getting because of the HBO 24/7 show, it’d be easy to think there’s just one struggling team scheduled to hit the TD Garden ice tonight.
But, in fact, there will be two wounded animals, which Bruins head coach Claude Julien was quick to point out after his team’s morning skate when asked about being wary of the Caps. Washington comes in with an 0-5-2 record in its last seven, while Boston has lost three in row (0-2-1).
“There’s also our own situation where we’re win-less in the last three, so we’ve got to show some determination and some resilience here to turn that over,” said the coach. “We have to play better right from the get-go. Everybody knows that. It’s been well-publicized and talked about, so our starts are so crucial for us, that’s what we need tonight. Usually, when you have a good start it kind of puts our team in the right frame of mind and usually gives us the opportunity to play a solid 60 minutes.”
Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off the ice, so you can expect him to get the start. The last time he faced the Caps, he received a no-decision in a Boston loss because he was pulled after two periods and the team tied the game before losing.
Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin recalled that 5-3 Washington win as a “fun game for us.” But obviously the last two weeks haven’t been much fun, with his team chasing its first win since Dec. 1.
“I think every losing streak is going to be ended. We’re going to try to do everything we can to end it today,” he said after the Caps skated. “And I think the team’s ready, we have a good mood, so it’s good.”