Capitals overwhelm Bruins with 8-goal performance

J.J. Regan
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Capitals overwhelm Bruins in 8-1 win originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Fifteen Capitals players recorded at least a point as Washington dominated the Boston Bruins 8-1 on Sunday.

The win keeps the current top three in the East Division standings intact as both the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins won on Sunday as well. The Caps and Islanders sit atop the division with 58 points with the Penguins in third with 56 points.

Here is how the win happened.

The depleted Bruins

The Caps took advantage of a depleted team defensively on Sunday as the Bruins were without its top two goalies -- Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak -- as well as three of its top defensemen -- Charlie McAvoy, Matt Grzelcyk and Brandon Carlo. When you catch a team with that many injuries, you have to take advantage. They did not do that on Thursday when these two teams met in a 4-2 loss for Washington, but the Caps did so emphatically Sunday.

Sixteen seconds

It didn't take long for Washington to get on the board and it didn't take long for them to pad that lead.

T.J. Oshie struck on the power play as he was fed in the slot and fired a one-timer to beat Boston goalie Dan Vladar. Just 16 seconds later, Lars Eller weaved his way through the Bruins defense before roofing a shot short-side on Vladar to make it 2-0 before the game was eight minutes old. That sequence really set the tone for what would be a long night for Boston.

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Conor Sheary

It was a good night for a lot of Caps players, but Sheary was on another level. He extended Washington's lead to 3-0 in the first period as he finished off a pretty passing play. Dmitry Orlov and Daniel Sprong entered into the offensive zone and drew three Bruins players with them leaving Sheary wide-open. Orlov fed him and Sheary one-touched the puck into the top shelf.

Sheary then opened the scoring in the second period. Jakub Vrana took the puck aggressively on net, then tried to feed Tom Wilson. Wilson ran out of room and hit the side of the net, but it bounced out in front where a trailing Sheary hit it in for his second of the game.

Sheary was oh-so-close to finishing off the hat trick, but was denied the opportunity by a hook from David Pastrnak.

Special teams

Washington recorded three power play goals on five opportunities with Oshie, Sheary and Wilson all finding the back of the net. The penalty kill was also strong giving up just one goal on four opportunities and that goal came in the third period when the score was already 6-0.

A team with a 3-0 special teams edge through two periods is going to win more often than not.

Spreading the wealth

Fifteen out of 18 skaters for the Caps recorded at least a point and it was not just the big names who dominated.

While Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson combined for two assists, Oshie, Sheary and Eller each recorded two goals with Wilson and Nic Dowd providing the other two.

Just about every line for the Caps was dominant and completely overwhelmed the Bruins.