NHL Game Summary - Boston at Washington
(Thursday, December 11th)
Final Score: Washington 6, Boston 5
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Dainius Zubrus scored on a penalty shot and added two assists to lead the Washington Capitals to a 6-5 win over the Boston Bruins at the MCI Center.
Glen Hanlon earned his first win as an NHL coach after the Capitals fired second-year coach Bruce Cassidy on Wednesday. Washington ended a three-game losing streak in the process.
Jaromir Jagr and Jeff Halpern both had a goal and an assist, while Peter Bondra, Bates Battaglia and Mike Pettinger each lit the lamp for Washington.
Martin Lapointe finished with a goal and an assist for Boston, which fell to 0-2-3 in its last five games. Mike Knuble, Dan McGillis, Ted Donato and Travis Green had a goal apiece in the losing effort.
Olaf Kolzig made 34 saves for the Capitals, while the Bruins used two goaltenders in this one. Felix Potvin played half of the first period and stopped just two of the five shots he faced. Andrew Raycroft came on in relief and made 19 saves.
After the Bruins opened the scoring on Knuble's 11th goal of the season 2:19 into the game, Washington responded with three quick goals for a 3-1 lead.
Bondra's power-play goal 3:45 into the first period evened the score, while Jagr cashed in a power play one minute later for a 2-1 edge. Jagr skated from behind the net and snapped a shot inside Potvin's left leg.
The Capitals then grabbed a two-goal edge on Pettinger's tally at the 6:37 mark. Halpern fed a pass from behind the cage to Pettinger, who was at the goal mouth and whacked the puck past Potvin.
McGillis posted his third goal for Boston three minutes later, pulling the Bruins within 3-2. McGillis fired a wrist shot from the left circle past Kolzig at the 9:37 mark.
Battaglia pushed the Capital mark to 4-2 with his first goal of the season 4:55 into the second. Battaglia's wrist shot from the left faceoff circle sailed inside the left post for his first goal since March 20, 2003. He ended a 28-game scoreless drought.
Boston countered with Lapointe's power-play goal three minutes later. A diving Patrice Bergeron backhanded a pass to Lapointe, whose one-timer found the back of the net to get his team within 4-3 at 7:55.
Zubrus beat Raycroft on a penalty shot at the 14:48 mark of the third period, extending the cushion to 5-3. He put a move on Raycroft and snapped the puck high under the crossbar.
Halpern's goal at 18:36 made it a 6-3 game, but two quick goals by the Bruins completed the scoring. Donato scored at 18:58 and Green tallied with just eight seconds remaining.
The Caps are 4-6-0-1 at home this season...Boston fell to 8-3-2-3 as the guest...Boston is 2-1-1 in the last four meetings with the Capitals, but 1-5-1 in its last seven at Washington...Jagr posted his 750th career assist...The Bruins are 1-4-4-1 in their last 10 games...Zubrus is 1-for-2 lifetime on penalty shots...The Caps were 2-for-3 on the power play, while Boston ended 1- for-6 with the extra skater...Bergeron had two assists in the win.
12/11 22:13:29 ET