NHL Game Summary - Boston at Washington
(Wednesday, November 15th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Washington 2 (SO)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Patrice Bergeron's goal in the second round of the shootout proved to be the game winner, as the Boston Bruins edged the Washington Capitals, 3-2 at the Verizon Center.
Marc Savard posted two assists, while Phil Kessel and Brad Stuart scored, and Stanislav Chistov picked up his first point in a Bruin uniform. Tim Thomas made 33 saves for Boston, which put together its first winning streak of the season.
Matt Pettinger and Dainius Zubrus lit the lamp for Washington, which had its two-game win streak stopped.
Olaf Kolzig took the loss despite stopping 33-of-35 shots.
On the winning tally, Bergeron broke down the middle, and made several moves to get Kolzig to shift his body enough to slip a shot that rose a few inches off the ice before hitting the back of the net.
Thomas then nailed down the victory on the next shot, when he stoned Pettinger on Washington's third and final attempt.
Boston opened up a 2-0 lead in the first, thanks to a pair of unlikely sources.
Kessel scored his fourth of the year at the 6:36 mark on a rush after exiting the penalty box. The rookie winger accepted a Glen Murray feed, raced up the right wing, and beat Kolzig high to the glove side.
The lead was doubled at 14:06, with some great vision from Savard. Trapped along the left boards, he sent a cross-ice pass to Stuart open at the point, and the burly backliner ripped a one-timer through a screen past Kolzig's glove.
Washington cut the lead to 2-1 while shorthanded. Matt Bradley beat a Bruins defenseman to a loose puck, and sent a clearing pass through the neutral zone. Pettinger was the first one to catch up to the disc, skated in, cut right-to- left on Thomas, and scored to the far side.
The Caps got the equalizer on a power-play chance at 12:19, when Alexander Ovechkin slipped a pass between the circles to Zubrus, who one-timed it to the far side just inside the post.
Both teams battled, but could not come up with a deciding goal through the final half of the game, setting up the brief shootout round.
Boston has won four of its last five games against Washington...Zubrus has three goals in his last two games...Washington was 1-of-8 on the power play, Boston came up empty in six chances.
11/15 22:21:51 ET