The Boston Bruins had plenty of good reasons to want to beat the Washington Capitals in a matinee on Saturday.

Remember, it was the Capitals who, on their last previous visit to TD Garden, knocked the Bruins out of the playoffs in the first round last spring, and it was the Caps who came back from an 0-3 deficit to beat Boston in Washington on March 5.

More? OK, the Bruins were coming off a poor performance in a victory over a floundering Florida team Thursday night, and this was the final home game before a season-high five-game trip that starts Sunday against the Penguins.

It all resulted in a strong home effort in a 4-1 win that sent the struggling Caps to their fourth loss in five games.

The Bruins' so-called top line played like one, as Nathan Horton and David Krejci both had a goal and two assists, and Milan Lucic posted a career-high three assists.