The Washington Capitals were so dominant this season that they had nothing left to play for with two games left in the NHL schedule.
That's precisely why the Bruins want to avoid them in the playoffs.
"In retrospect, it's over and we're through it," Boston forward David Backes said after finishing the regular season with back-to-back losses, falling 3-1 to the Capitals on Saturday to set up a potential first-round matchup with Washington. "We did what we could through 82 games, and we can't change it now."
Kevin Shattenkirk scored the go-ahead goal 56 seconds after the Bruins tied it in the second period, and backup Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves...