How to watch Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins

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How to watch Capitals vs. Bruins originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Washington Capitals got the better of Zdeno Chara's former team, the Boston Bruins, on Saturday night thanks to an Alex Ovechkin overtime goal that saw him draw level with legendary Capital Mike Gartner on the all-time goals list.

Before that, though, Washington let a three-goal advantage evaporate to let the Bruins get back into the contest. Goals from Nicklas Backstrom, Richard Panik, and Trevor van Riemsdyk helped take the early advantage on the scoreboard, one of the only statistical advantages the Caps would leave Saturday night's game with. 

Head coach Peter Laviolette isn't worried by the fact that the Caps have been outshot by a wide margin in some of their opening nine contests, as they continue to battle adversity early on this season. After Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Ilya Samsonov were forced to miss four games after being placed on the NHL's protocol-related absence list, injuries to Tom Wilson (who made his return on Saturday night), Lars Eller, and Justin Schultz only heightened the adversity the Caps had to overcome.

They've done so to great effect, as Washing remains the lone team in the NHL without a loss in regulation and sit atop the newly constructed East Division. Can they keep this good run going in their second leg of their back to back with Boston? 

Here's everything you need to know about the game.

CAPITALS VS. BRUINS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

When: Monday, February 1, 2021, at 7 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals vs. Bruins will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Bruins on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams app.

CAPITALS VS. BRUINS TV SCHEDULE

6:00 PM: Capitals Pregame Live (LIVE)7:00 PM: Capitals vs. Bruins (LIVE)9:30 PM: Capitals Postgame Live (LIVE)

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CAPITALS VS. BRUINS WHAT TO WATCH

  • Both Ovechkin and rookie netminder Vitek Vanecek matched former Caps' milestones on Saturday night. With Ovechkin's clutch OT winner in the extra period, his all-time goals mark went up to the 706 mark. Now tied with Mike Gartner, Ovechkin now sits tied for seventh all-time. For Vanecek, his seventh straight game picking up at least a point tied former goaltender Jim Carey.  

  • Having taken a point from each of the Caps' first nine games so far, Boston (5-1-2) is looking to challenge for top spot in the standings with a game in hand in the East Division. After winning five straight before dropping Saturday's clash, the Bruins will be hungry to avoid back-to-back defeats for the first time this season. 

  • Though Chara said before his first game against his former team who he captained and spent 14 seasons with that he felt no agitation towards them, it still took some getting used to him coming up the likes of Brad Marchand and company. He'll do so again on Monday night, looking to best his former team that felt he couldn't thrive in the current role he's excelled at with Washington. 

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CAPITALS VS. SABRES PLAYERS TO WATCH

Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (5 games, 2 goals, 5 assists, 7 points): The 35-year-old continues to show just how good he is offensively, especially when he goes one against three with the game on the line and slaps the puck to the top left corner. Now level with Gartner, Ovechkin is now nine goals from Phil Esposito in sixth place. 

Bruins: Patrice Bergeron, C (8 games, 5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points): The Bruins captain provided assists for all three of Boston's goals on Saturday night. With Marchand, Charlie McAvoy, and Nick Ritchie the beneficiaries, Bergeron's playmaking ability was on full display. The chemistry between Bergeron and Marchand has proven deadly on the offensive end this year with the two combining for 18 points this season. The Bruins will rely on his play, but also his leadership in a rematch against their toughest opponent yet.

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