Capitals cough-up 3-0 lead to Boston Bruins in first regulation loss

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J.J. Regan
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Caps cough-up 3-0 lead in first regulation loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Capitals suffered their first regulation loss of the season on Monday in a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins. Just like in Saturday's game, the Caps saw a 3-0 lead erased by Boston. Unlike on Saturday, however, Washington could not recover.

Here are three takeaways.

Taking their foot off the gas

Clearly, Washington did not learn its lesson from Saturday's game when it gave up a 3-0 lead and had to settle for the overtime win. Monday's game played out very similarly with the Caps again taking a 3-0 lead and again coughing it up.

Washington had a much better start to Monday's game than on Saturday, outshooting Boston 15-8 in the first period and taking a 2-0 lead to the locker room. After that, however, they took their foot off the gas. The Caps managed a power-play goal in the second, but there was little offense to speak of for the home team as Washington was outshot 25-11 from the second period on. When Brandon Carlo gave Boston the lead, the Bruins were outshooting the Caps 15-5 in the third period.

David Pastrnak

He didn't do it by himself, but Pastrnak was the catalyst in Boston's comeback with two goals to trim a 3-0 Caps lead to 3-2.

Much like in Saturday's game, the Bruins spotted Washington a 3-0 lead. In the second, Boston finally got on the board with Patrice Bergeron doing the blue-collar work in front of the net, screening goalie Vitek Vanecek allowing Pastrnak to fire a quick one-timer for the goal.

Pastrnak would strike again in the third period as John Carlson slipped behind the net in pursuit, giving Pastrnak all day to aim and fire. As hot as Vanecek has been, you can't expect to escape unscathed if Pastrnak has that kind of time and room in the offensive zone.

The third period

Washington entered the third period up 3-1, but Boston took complete control of the final frame with four goals.

Craig Smith got the game-tying goal, but it was set up by a fantastic pass by Jeremy Lauzon. He made a slick backhanded pass through traffic to feed Smith for the backdoor one-timer. Not much Vanecek can do about a play like that.

Just over four minutes later, Brandon Carlo hit a one-timer to the top corner to beat Vanecek and put Boston up for good. Brad Marchand would add an empty-netter to finish off the game.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Washington
+125+2.5O 6.5
Boston
-150-2.5U 6.5