Renewin’ A Bruin Rivalry — Stanley Cup Playoff History Between the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins


Because the Washington Capitals put together to satisfy the Boston Bruins within the first spherical of the 2020-21 Stanley Cup Playoffs, NoVa Caps’ Diane Doyle takes a fast look again on the playoff historical past between the 2 groups.

The 2 Jap Convention groups have met thrice in postseason motion:

  • in 1990, they met within the Jap Convention Finals;
  • in 1998, they met within the first spherical;
  • and in 2012, they met within the first spherical.

Be aware: The 2 groups additionally performed one another in one of many spherical robin video games that decided playoff seeding on August 9, 2020, a recreation the Caps gained 2-1.

We are going to focus on the playoff matchups from most up-to-date to earliest.

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Capitals and Bruins met within the Stanley Cup Playoffs within the first spherical of the 2012 postseason, twelve years after their earlier postseason matchup. Throughout the common season, the Capitals completed 42-32-8 for 92 standings factors and second place within the Southeast Division.

The Bruins, in the meantime, posted a report of 49-29-4 for 102 standings factors and completed first within the Northeast Division. That they had gained the Stanley Cup the earlier spring and had been getting ready to defend their title.

Provided that they completed first of their division and had a greater report than the Caps, the Bruins would have house ice benefit for the primary spherical of the postseason. Goaltender Braden Holtby, who had spent many of the yr with the Caps’ American Hockey League affiliate Hershey Bears, can be in aim for Washington, as their major goalies, Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth, had been injured.

Recreation 1 was a protection and goaltending-oriented recreation by which neither crew was capable of rating in regulation. The Bruins would win it 1-0, when ahead Chris Kelly scored the sport winner.

Recreation 2 was much like Recreation 1, because it revolved round protection and goaltending. The Capitals scored late within the second interval, but it surely was not sufficient as Boston tied the sport in the course of the third.  The sport proceeded to extra time after which double extra time, the place the Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom scored early within the second extra time interval to provide the Caps a 2-1 victory and permitting them to tie the sequence at one recreation apiece.

The 2 groups subsequent headed to Washington, which noticed the house crew lose Recreation 3 by a 4-3 rating. The Capitals had scored first however the recreation’s storyline was a comparatively see-saw affair with Bruins’ captain and defenseman Zdeno Chara scoring the game-winning aim with slightly below two minutes left within the recreation.

Backstrom earned a match penalty on the finish of the sport and was suspended for Recreation 4. The Caps rebounded to win the subsequent recreation 2-1, throughout which ahead Alexander Semin scored on an influence play late within the second interval to interrupt a 1-1 tie, with that lead holding up for the rest of the sport.

Recreation 5 was one other Capitals win, which put them up 3-2 within the sequence. Each groups scored two objectives within the second interval, and Washington gained the sport on a late energy play aim by Troy Brouwer as the ultimate rating was set to 4-3.

Recreation 6 was one other extra time recreation, with Boston profitable 4-3 on a aim by Tyler Seguin. The Caps gained Recreation 7 on an extra time aim by first-year Capital Joel Ward, which broke a 1-1 tie. The Capitals superior to the second spherical of the playoffs, whereas dethroning the defending champions.  The Caps went onto to play the New York Rangers the subsequent spherical, and misplaced in seven video games.

The 2012 and most up-to-date assembly between the 2 Jap Convention rivals was a really carefully fought sequence by which all video games had been determined by only one aim and featured 4 extra time video games.

Hockey Reference: Capitals vs Bruins Playoff Matchup 2012
In Time beyond regulation, Caps Get the Purpose that Counts

1998 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Capitals and Bruins met within the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the course of the 1998 postseason, this time within the first spherical. Throughout the common season, the Capitals completed 40-30-12 for 92 standings factors and third place within the Atlantic Division.

The Bruins, in the meantime, posted a report of 39-30-13 for 91 standings factors and completed second within the Northeast Division. Consequently, the Caps earned house ice benefit for Spherical 1.

The 1997-98 common season and subsequent postseason was Olaf Kolzig’s first yr because the undisputed, primary goaltender for the Caps.

In Recreation 1, the Caps led 2-0 early within the second interval however gave up a aim quickly after scoring their second aim. Halfway by way of the second interval, Capitals ahead Peter Bondra seemed to be injured after a collision with defenseman Hal Gill. The concern was that he had damaged his leg, however he returned to the ice for the third interval. The Capitals added an empty-net aim and gained the sport 3-1.

In Recreation 2, Washington obtained off to a different 2-0 lead by the tip of two intervals, however couldn’t maintain on and fell behind 3-2, earlier than tying the sport late. The sport headed to extra time, the place the Bruins gained only one minute into the second OT body, because of a Darren Van Impe aim.

In Recreation 3, the Caps as soon as once more obtained off to an 2-0 lead, with defenseman Sergei Gonchar scoring each objectives earlier than the tip of the second interval, however the crew couldn’t maintain onto the lead and the Bruins tied the rating in the course of the third interval.  At one level, it appeared that the Bruins had scored the game-winning aim in the course of the first subsequent extra time interval, nonetheless, the aim was referred to as again.  Capitals ahead Joe Juneau scored in the course of the second extra time interval to provide the Caps a 3-2 victory.

Washington adopted this win with a 3-0 win in Recreation 4, with Heart Adam Oates scoring the primary two objectives. The Caps now held a commanding 3-1 sequence lead, nonetheless the Bruins confirmed they nonetheless had life in Recreation 5, as they gained decisively, 4-0.

In Recreation 6, the Capitals scored within the first interval, however Boston struck again in the course of the second interval. Oates put the Caps forward 2-1 lower than a minute later. Throughout the third interval, Anson Carter scored the game-tying aim as a Capitals’ penalty expired, sending the sport to extra time. Lower than 5 minutes into the extra time interval, Brian Bellows, who the Caps had signed as a free agent late within the season, scored the sport and sequence winner. This sequence featured three extra time video games, with two of them gained by the Caps.

Provided that the all the upper seeds of the Jap Convention had been upset in Spherical 1, the Capitals had been now the best remaining seed within the East. They performed the Ottawa Senators in Spherical 2, beating them in 5 video games.

From there, they moved on to play the Buffalo Sabres within the Jap Convention Finals, beating them in six video games. This was the crew’s second look within the Jap Convention Finals in franchise historical past. They superior to the Stanley Cup Finals in opposition to the Detroit Crimson Wings, their first look in franchise historical past. Sadly, they had been swept by the powerhouse Crimson Wings.

Additional Studying on This Collection:

First Recreation Goes to Kolzig and Capitals
Boston Wins in Second Time beyond regulation
In Time beyond regulation, Caps Get the Purpose that Counts
With Profitable Purpose, Bellows Finishes What He Began
Hockey Reference: Capitals vs Bruins Playoff Matchup 1998

1990 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The primary playoff assembly between the Capitals and the Boston Bruins occurred in 1990.  The Caps posted a 36-38-6 report and 78 factors, ending in third place within the Patrick Division, behind the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.  The Bruins completed first within the Adams Division with a report of 46-25-9 for 101 factors, and gained the President’s Trophy for the 1989-90 season.

Their third spherical assembly marked the primary time the Caps had ever superior to the Jap Convention Finals in franchise historical past. Previous to advancing to satisfy the Bruins, the Capitals had crushed the New Jersey Devils within the first spherical in six video games and the New York Rangers in a five-game, second-round sequence. Ahead John Druce had been the Caps’ sudden playoff hero, particularly throughout their latest sequence with the Rangers.


This sequence seemed to be a mismatch, with a President’s Trophy winner in Boston going up in opposition to a plucky, third place underdog who had unexpectedly superior to the Jap Convention Finals.

So as to add to their underdog standing, the Capitals had been lacking key gamers in Dino Ciccarelli and Kevin Hatcher, every who had sprained a left knee. Sadly for the Capitals, the mixture of Boston being a greater crew along with having key gamers out was an excessive amount of to beat, though particular person video games weren’t essentially mismatches. They misplaced the primary recreation in Boston by a rating of 5-3, a recreation by which they’d taken a 3-2 lead in the course of the second interval. They misplaced Recreation 2 3-0 earlier than returning house and dropping two extra video games, one by a 4-1 rating, and the opposite by a 3-2 rating.

Hockey Reference: Capitals vs Bruins Playoff Matchup 1990
Washinton/Boston Playoff Preview from Washington Put up
Collection Recap 1 from Washington Put up
Collection Recap 2 from Washington Put up

The Caps had gained two of their playoff sequence with Boston, beating them in seven video games in 2012 and in six video games in 1998. Each instances, they’d met Boston within the first spherical. They misplaced to Boston of their first playoff matchup again in 1990, once they met within the third spherical.

This time, they’re assembly within the first spherical. Could their luck in opposition to Boston within the first spherical of the playoffs proceed for yet one more yr.

By Diane Doyle

Additional Studying
Capitals Vs. Bruins: Collection Overview And Developments Evaluation
Capitals Will Face Bruins In First Spherical Of 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs; Collection Will Open Saturday Night time
Capitals Beat Bruins 2-1 in Remaining Spherical Robin Recreation; T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson Rating For Washington
A Bear of a Rivalry Brewin’: Stanley Cup Playoff Historical past Between the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins


Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *