NHL Game Summary - Boston at Washington|
(Wednesday, December 10th)
Final Score: Washington 3, Boston 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin notched a goal and one assist,
while Brent Johnson was solid with 33 saves, as Washington nipped Boston, 3-1,
in a battle of division leaders at the Verizon Center.
Nicklas Backstrom also scored and Alexandre Giroux netted his first tally of
the season for the Capitals, who sit atop the Southeast Division and have won
three of four.
Johnson won his third consecutive start and raised his record to 8-4-2 on the
Milan Lucic had the lone goal for the Bruins, who lead the Northeast Division
and Eastern Conference but had their five-game win streak halted. Boston
suffered only its fifth regulation loss of the season and first since November
26 at Buffalo.
Manny Fernandez was solid in defeat, making 23 stops in the loss.
Giroux had a chance to score 1:22 into the third period as he skated in alone
on Boston's netminder, but he was held up on the chance and awarded a penalty
shot. A two-goal Caps edge was not to be, since Fernandez got his left pad on
However, Ovechkin iced the game for the Capitals on an empty-netter with 52
seconds remaining. Alexander Semin and Backstrom aided the star winger's score
by clearing the puck out of the Bruins' zone.
Washington picked up the game's first goal 3:53 in while on the power play.
Ovechkin took a feed from Viktor Kozlov and cranked a slapshot from the high
slot which ticked off Backstrom on its way into the net.
Giroux knocked in the rebound of Kozlov's shot 4:52 into the second for a
2-0 Caps edge, and after Johnson made several key saves to keep it a two-goal
margin, Lucic finished off a 2-on-1 with 35 seconds left in the second.
The Capitals recalled forward Oskar Osala from Hershey of the AHL prior to the
contest...Semin returned after a three-week absence due to a back
injury...Washington hosts Ottawa on Friday, while Boston plays in Atlanta also
12/10 22:04:00 ET