Massachusetts' collective eyes will be on the New England Patriots Sunday as they face the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, but before kickoff, the Commonwealth's latest champion will be in Washington as the Capitals host the Boston Bruins in a Super Bowl Sunday matinee at Verizon Center.
The Caps are coming off a 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens Saturday, while the Bruins are losers of two straight for the first time in two months after a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday.
Coincidentally, Washington's last home game was against Boston January 24; the Caps won 5-3 behind Mathieu Perreault's first career hat trick. Washington was without Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green for the first time since all three entered the NHL, but Ovechkin will be available Sunday after returning from his three-game suspension Saturday.
This will be the second straight Super Bowl Sunday that the Caps will host a team whose local football team will vie for the championship later that day; last season, Washington defeated Pittsburgh before the Steelers lost to the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.