BOSTON – The last time the Washington Capitals played the Boston Bruins was the first game of the season, a banner-raising ceremony in Capital One Arena, followed by a 7-0 blowout. And while the capitals have happy memories of that night, center Lars Eller remembers something else. He scored the seventh and last goal of the game and Bruins forward Brad Marchand went into the way Eller celebrated that tally and it & # 39; unnecessary & # 39; called.
"He took a corner for our bank and celebrated it in a 7-0 match", said Marchand that evening. "So I just let him know."
Marchand seized Eller and initiated a fight when Eller did not expect any. He landed several hard blows at the headquarters of the capital, which dripped blood along the side of his face. When the incident was requested a few days later, Eller said: "The good news is that we play them twice more, so I can handle it myself."
Recalling those remarks on Thursday morning in TD Garden, Eller said, "I have no comments on that."
Hockeyr meat is stuck, something that has been proven several times this season. When the capitals organized the Penguins last month, Washington Tom Wilson fought against Jamie Oleksiak in Pittsburgh during their first shifts in the game, a clear response to the remarks made by Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford in May. "When Jamie challenged Wilson, he could not run fast enough to get away from him," Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. When the Capitals recently played the Blues, Wilson and Bortuzzo, in response to Wilson's illegal check at the head of St. Louis, fought ahead of Oskar Sundqvist.
It's been more than three months since Eller and Marchand's fight, the only fight in Eller's career. That is not so long when it comes to resentment against hockey.
"Remember guys," Eller said Thursday. "It's just a memory, I think people can remember a few months back … Yes, it's a long season."
In the final chapter of what has been a disappointing season for Vice President Andre Burakovsky, the 23-year-old Thursday night will be a healthy scratch against the Boston Bruins. Travis Boyd skates at Burakovsky's place on the third row and nine matches after Burakovsky last out of the row, he has only one point, an assist against the Dallas Stars last week.
Coach Todd Reirden said that the production of Burakovsky – he has five goals and four assists in 38 games this season – has not been enough to justify a spot about other attackers.
"It's a competitive situation, and I thought that some other guys deserve to have a little more," Reirden said. "That's what we're going to do."
The trade deadline was at the end of February and teams began to inquire about the availability of Burakovsky when he cracked four games last month. He is the first round of Washington in 2013 and partly due to three different hand injuries, his production has steadily declined every season. He scored 17 goals with 21 assists during the 2015-16 season, but he was up to 25 points last year and his points-per-game pace is even lower.
"I think he has been able to generate some opportunities in the past nine games," said Reirden. "We would like a bit more production, in terms of the scorecard, we will continue to work with him, and hopefully a match or something like this will help him get back on track if we put it back."