NHL Game Summary - Washington at Boston|
(Thursday, March 15th)
Final Score: Boston 4, Washington 3 (SO)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Patrice Bergeron scored the tying goal in the
third period and Phil Kessel won it in the shootout, as the Boston Bruins
erased a three-goal deficit and defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-3.
Tim Thomas made 31 saves for the Bruins, who have won two straight following a
three-game skid. Marco Sturm and Brandon Bochenski also scored for Boston.
Chris Clark scored all three goals for Washington, which dropped its ninth
straight game. Olaf Kolzig, who returned to the lineup after missing 13 games
with a knee injury, stopped 36 shots for the Capitals, who have dropped 14 of
"We just have to find a way to win games like those when we have a lead," said
Kolzig. "We're just making too many mistakes and they took advantage on the
After a scoreless overtime, the first three shooters all misfired in the
shootout. Bergeron then scored by beating Kolzig between the pads before Alex
Ovechkin faked and beat Thomas with a backhand. Kessel then clinched it,
beating Kolzig high to the glove side.
"We really needed the points so I was a little nervous going into (shootout),
especially against this team with the kind of skill shooters they have," said
Thomas. "The guys came up big and got two goals for me, and that makes it a
lot easier in the shootout for me."
Clark completed his hat trick with 2:57 left in the second period after
converting a 2-on-1 break. Clark beat Thomas high to the glove side from the
left circle for a shorthanded goal, which put Washington ahead, 3-0.
The Bruins fought back, thanks in part to the Capitals' inability to stay out
of the penalty box. Marc Savard assisted on all three Boston goals and a pair
of power play tallies just 65 seconds apart in the third tied the game.
Boston finally got on the board with precise passing. Sturm took a pass
standing in front of the right side of the net and easily slammed it into the
net with 1:36 left in the second period.
The Capitals' Shaone Morrisonn and Steve Eminger were called for penalties in
the last minute of the second period opening the door for Boston. Bochenski
and Bergeron both scored to tie the game.
The Capitals were 1-8-4 without Kolzig....The Capitals were 1-for-6 on the
power play, while the Bruins were 3-for-9.
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