Capitals Beat Bruins 3-1 in Possible Playoff Preview

The Boston Bruins were the team with something to play for - ostensibly, anyway - when they and the Capitals hooked up for a Saturday matinee match in Beantown on the final weekend of the 2016-17 National Hockey League regular season. Rask stopped all eight shots he faced in the third period. The Flyers will miss the playoffs for the third time in five years.

Boston, which clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs with that win, has two games left in the regular season, hosting Ottawa on Thursday night, Washington on Saturday.

Undeterred, the Capitals made it a two-goal game with 50 seconds to go in the second, as a slick passing sequence engineered by Nate Schmidt and Evgeny Kuznetsov led to a one-timer strike from Williams. But he does think Washington is a better team than Ottawa and hinted the Bruins are better off staying in the Atlantic Division as the three seed (and staying away from Washington, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets).

OTTAWA, Ontario - Ottawa beat NY to wrap up second place in the Atlantic Division and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Edmonton's Connor McDavid needs three points for 100 on the season with two games remaining.

Vatrano posted five shots in the first period, but he didn't pick up a point in his first game since March 28.

The Bruins finally put themselves on the board with 4:47 remaining in the second period, with Miller ripping home his sixth goal of the season.

"It was a good response from us", Williams said. However, if he signs an entry-level contract and plays, he will burn a year of eligibility on his contract, and it's unlikely the Bruins will take that chance and allow the former first-round pick (No. 14 overall) out of Boston University to reach free agency early.

Bruins defenseman Torey Krug did not participate in this morning's practice at Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton and will not play in the season finale against the Washington Capitals tomorrow afternoon (3) at the TD Garden. Toronto and the Islanders play later on Saturday, and both teams play on Sunday as well, as does Tampa Bay.

Carlo and Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin were racing for a puck in Boston's end when Carlo lost his balance in the corner. The Caps, who host the Florida Panthers on Sunday, were missing D John Carlson (lower body) and RW Brett Connolly (illness). New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was a luxury suite for the game. Await the results of Toronto games to find out if they finish third or fourth in the division.

  • Julie Sanders