Thursday, October 21, 2010, 11:01 p.m.
By Joe Beninati
On some nights you have to tip your cap to a superior enemy. &8232;
Tim Thomas provided the Bruins with exceptional goal tending, and as a result the home opener for Boston was a happy one.
Three power play goals fueled the 4-1 win for the Bs, their second in just three days over the caps. Aside for the occasional loss of concentration, I thought Washington had several chances too be right in this game until the very end. Thomas made incredible saves on Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble and several more that had the visitors shaking their heads in amazement all night.
Semyon Varlamov looked strong in the opening 10 minutes of the game, as he was making his first start on the season. The Caps put him in hot water a couple of times by forcing the puck through the middle in that opening period. The Bruins feast on counter attacks and were threatening on one that led to a late first-period power play goal. Mike Ryder was left uncovered at the post and he squeezed a shot through Varlamov that gave Boston a lead they would not relinquish.
If the Caps get out of that first period, in a scoreless tie, maybe the complexion of the game changes, instead, it was Jordan Caron putting the finishing touch on a second period sequence that saw the Capitals get caught on a long line shift. While DC defenders were dragging the Bs were able to get fresh guys on and Caron whipped a shot past Varlamovs glove.
A shot from sharp shooter Nathan Horton came 10 minutes later. There was traffic in front of Varlamov, who wasnt thrilled to feel the puck hit him, before inching over the goal line. Thomas made another two brilliant stops before the second period was complete, then he turned out to be his own worse enemy in the third. More than likely he would have had a shut out had he not out an outlet pass right on Jason Chimeras stick, Chimera hit the empty net to give Washington some hope.
From our point of view Marcus Johansson skated extremely well in this game tonight. The caps usual big guns were not at their best. Whenever they did get in gear, Thomas was waiting at the end of the road to stop them in their tracks.