Live blog: Capitals play Bruins as AJF returns to the lineup – Russian Machine Never Breaks


The Washington Capitals are taking on the Boston Bruins tonight for the first time since the B’s beat them 7-3 on home ice last Monday. Axel-Jonsson Fjallby will replace Daniel Sprong on the third line as Peter Laviolette chooses to go with more of a two-way player.

The Capitals will be without Dmitry Orlov (suspension), John Carlson (COVID), TJ Oshie (injury), and Conor Sheary (COVID) for tonight’s game. Anthony Mantha remains on long-term injured reserve.

Vitek Vanecek will make his third start in the last four games as he tries to stake his claim to the Capitals’ top goalie spot.

Tonight’s Caps-Bruins game is streaming only and can be watched on ESPN+.


Capitals lines

Via the Washington Post’s Samantha Pell:

Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Hathaway

Protas-Backstrom-Wilson

McMichael-Eller-AJF

Hagelin-Dowd-Leason

Fehervary-Jensen

Irwin-Schultz

Kempny-TvR

Vanecek vs Ullmark


Pretty sure the play-by-play guy doesn’t know who Michal Kempny is.

“The young defenceman Michal Kempny”. Give me Joe B and Locker ffs 🤦‍♀️

— Hana Imiolczyk (@Hana15x) January 21, 2022


Evgeny Kuznetsov scores from no-angle, does the bird on Bruins fans. 1-0 WSH.

The goal is Evgeny’s 13th goal of the season. He now has a six-game point streak (2g, 5a).

𝘯𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘺 pic.twitter.com/DXhpCqb99T

— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 21, 2022

Flap, flap, flap away.

love us a good bird celly pic.twitter.com/ymLOf82phn

— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 21, 2022


David Pastrnak ties it up 50 seconds later. 1-1.

The goal is Pastrnak’s 17th of the season. Martin Fehervary and Nick Jensen appeared to got confused in their coverage and lost Pastrnak in front of the net for a layup.

🍝 strikes back pic.twitter.com/cKC8h9uAqe

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 21, 2022






So. Many. Injuries.

INJURY UPDATE: #Caps Nick Jensen will not return to tonight’s game (upper body)

— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) January 21, 2022

UPDATE: Brad Marchand (upper body) will not return to tonight’s game.

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 21, 2022

UPDATE: Anton Blidh (upper body) will not return to tonight’s game.

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 21, 2022


Evgeny Kuznetsov own goal. 3-2 Bruins


36 seconds later, Nicklas Backstrom scores his first goal of the season. Tie game again. 3-3.

Saint Nick gets his first of the season! pic.twitter.com/XEeRsRsO4J

— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 21, 2022


Charlie McAvoy scores on a late PP to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead.

Nic Dowd took a tripping penalty that gave Boston the win.

It’s 4-3 #NHLBruins! @CMcAvoy44 sneaks into the slot and rifles home a wrister blocker-side on the power play with 45 seconds to go!

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 21, 2022


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