NHL Game Summary - Washington at Boston
(Tuesday, February 2nd)
Final Score: Washington 4, Boston 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Brooks Laich picked up the game-winner in the third period and Jose Theodore stopped 41-of-42 shots as the Washington Capitals set a franchise record with their 11th straight win, dispatching Boston by a 4-1 count at TD Garden.
Mike Knuble, Boyd Gordon and Alex Ovechkin also tallied for the Capitals, who have not lost since a 7-4 setback at Tampa on January 12. Washington's three- goal third period helped it eclipse the previous mark of 10 wins in a row from January 27-February 18, 1984.
"We didn't play very well, yet we found a way to win," said Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau. "We believed that we could win. As I've said before, if we were on a five or six-game losing streak, we would have lost the game. But we won. When you're on a winning streak, you find that good things happen."
David Krejci scored but was also denied on a penalty shot for the Bruins, who dropped their eighth straight game and have lost 11 of 12.
Tim Thomas allowed three goals on 25 shots in defeat.
Laich's wrister from the left circle beat Thomas between the pads for a 2-1 Capitals edge at 5:04 of the third period, then Gordon was on the doorstep to tap home a Tom Poti feed at 7:51 for a two-goal game.
Thomas was sent to the bench for an extra attacker with 1:40 to play and Ovechkin hit the empty net with 31.4 seconds remaining to seal the win for the visitors, who opened up a 10-point lead over New Jersey in the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
It's pretty par for the course. I've seen just about every other goalie in the league stand on their head," Thomas said. "Other goalies are having their best nights against us. Every goalie we play against plays like they deserve to win the Vezina this year."
Krejci's poke of a loose puck in the crease put the Bruins up 1-0 with a 5- on-3 power play 6:58 into the contest. Boston couldn't convert on the one-man advantage, or for the rest of the period which saw Theodore make 12 stops.
Knuble's rebound score 2:04 into the second tied the game, then Krejci was awarded a penalty shot while Boston was shorthanded with 9:26 left in the period but failed when he shot high and wide.
Theodore survived a half-dozen more close calls throughout the second period, credited with 16 saves in all over the middle 20 minutes.
"It was king of an ugly goal to tie up the game but we came out with a better second period after Jose helped us in the second," Knuble admitted. "It is how we are winning games. We had a strong third period. They couldn't get any breaks tonight though. They hit the post a couple times and the cross bar. They probably deserved a little better luck."
Washington's franchise record for consecutive games without a loss is 14 (13 wins, one tie) from January 17-February 18, 1984. The club finished 48-27-5 that season but lost to the Islanders in the second round...The Capitals have won both meetings this season and seven of the last nine...Theodore also posted a personal-best eighth straight victory...The Bruins have only scored more than two goals just two times in their last 12 contests.
02/02 23:13:42 ET