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Capitals 3, Bruins 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 3, Bruins 2
Boston Bruins 2, Washington Capitals 3

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin recorded a pair of assists in a feisty preseason debut, helping the Washington Capitals defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Ovechkin took three shots and delivered several checks. With 3:03 left in the game, Ovechkin got into a shoving match after being run into the boards headfirst by Gregory Campbell. Ovechkin retaliated by slashing Campbell with a one-handed stick swing, and both players earned minor penalties.

The Capitals are unbeaten in three exhibition games.

Alexander Semin's power-play goal late in the second period snapped a 1-1 tie. Mathieu Perreault and Cody Eakin also scored for Washington.

Jeremy Reich and Brad Marchand had goals for the Bruins.

Perreault and Reich traded first-period goals. With Ovechkin assisting, Perreault connected on a wrist shot from the right circle 8:40 into the game. But Reich beat Michal Neuvirth from the left wing on a counterattack at 14:13.

With 46 seconds left in the second period and Reich serving a minor penalty, Semin gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead. He converted Ovechkin's feed by ripping a hard shot from the left circle past Nolan Schaeffer.

Eakin's goal made it 3-1 with 14:33 remaining in the third. Eakin used defenseman Adam McQuaid as a screen and scored from between the circles.

Marchand scored from the right wing with 9:04 left to get Boston within 3-2.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:40
WSH
Mathieu Perreault (1) Snap shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (1), Mike Knuble (1)
1 - 0 WSH
14:12
BOS
Jeremy Reich (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Bartkowski (1)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
19:14
WSH
PPG - Alexander Semin (1) Snap shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (2), Marcus Johansson (1)
2 - 1 WSH
3rd Period
05:27
WSH
Cody Eakin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Bradley (1), Tom Poti (1)
3 - 1 WSH
11:56
BOS
Brad Marchand (1) Snap shot - ASST: Milan Lucic (1), Matt Bartkowski (2)
3 - 2 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
06:59
WSH
DJ King  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Shawn Thornton
06:59
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  DJ King
19:03
WSH
Lawrence Nycholat  Hooking  - 2 min against  Daniel Paille
19:45
BOS
Zach Hamill  Boarding  - 2 min against  Karl Alzner
2nd Period
05:34
WSH
Mike Knuble  Tripping  - 2 min against  Brad Marchand
05:44
BOS
Michael Ryder  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Lawrence Nycholat
10:20
BOS
Mark Stuart  Slashing  - 2 min against  Boyd Gordon
18:25
BOS
Jeremy Reich  Holding the stick  - 2 min against  Boyd Gordon
3rd Period
02:41
WSH
Tyler Sloan  Interference  - 2 min against  Blake Wheeler
16:57
BOS
Gregory Campbell  Boarding  - 2 min against  Alex Ovechkin
16:57
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Slashing  - 2 min against  Gregory Campbell
goalie stats
Nolan Schaefer
SA: 28TOI: 59:34
GA: 3SV%: .893
Michal Neuvirth
SA: 22TOI: 59:52
GA: 2SV%: .909