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Roundup: Bruins top Capitals on Kelly's overtime goal

Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 1:20 AM / Roundup

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Roundup: Bruins top Capitals on Kelly's overtime goal
NHL.com recaps the preseason action from Monday, September 23, including the Boston Bruins' overtime win against the Washington Capitals.

Chris Kelly scored 3:39 into overtime and Zdeno Chara had two goals to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden on Monday night.

Kelly scored on a rebound of a shot from the left point by defenseman Matt Bartkowski. It was Kelly's second goal of the preseason.

The Bruins outshot the Capitals 38-14. Tuukka Rask made 12 saves for the Bruins, while Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots for Washington.

"We're going to have to make some tough decisions at the end [of training camp]," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

Connor Carrick scored 11:16 into the second period to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead on their second shot of the night.

"He's impressed us throughout the summer and done a good job," Washington coach Adam Oates said of Carrick. "He played good tonight. It's not always going to be that easy, but it's a great sign. He's playing very well."

Chara scored the game's next two goals, at 18:22 of the second period and 22 seconds into the third period on a 5-on-3 power play. Martin Erat tied the game for Washington at 6:38 of the third.

"He's got the long reach and retrieving those loose pucks, [and] he's very good at it as well," Julien said of Chara. "I think there's a lot more qualities in Zdeno up front than people think. I know people see the size of him for a screen, but he does more things than that to be valuable in front."

Minnesota Wild 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (SO): Jason Zucker scored the lone shootout goal and assisted on the tying goal to lift Minnesota past Columbus at Nationwide Arena.

Zucker's shot trickled under the outstretched left leg pad of Sergei Bobrovsky, who made 26 saves. Minnesota goalie Josh Harding denied all three Columbus attempts in the shootout and finished the game with 20 saves.

Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski made it 1-0 on a power-play goal at 6:19 of the second period, one-timing a feed from Marian Gaborik from the top of the left circle.

"We scored a power-play goal, but I still thought our power play was bad," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "First period, it lacked intensity, soft plays, not shooting the puck, not winning battles. We had two power-play opportunities, and we end up the period with three shots. Disappointing, because it's been a focus."

Wild defenseman Keith Ballard skated onto a loose puck in the high slot and snapped a shot past Bobrovsky to tie it 11:36 into the third.

After the game, Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said his roster will be trimmed Tuesday.

"We're going to get down tomorrow," Yeo said. "Not our final number, but close to it. We want to make sure we get as close as possible. But we will have a couple more decisions to make."

Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2 (SO): Kris Letang scored twice in the third period and James Neal and Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout to help Pittsburgh rally past Chicago at Consol Energy Center.

With Pittsburgh trailing 2-0, Letang cut the deficit in half midway through the third when he intercepted Sheldon Brookbank's pass near Chicago's blue line and backhanded a shot past Nikolai Khabibulin to make it 2-1 with 10:31 remaining.

Letang's second goal came via the power play. With Theo Peckham in the penalty box for high sticking, Letang ripped a slap shot past Khabibulin with 2:16 left.

"We got one real power play and we got a chance to capitalize on it," Letang said. "We had great looks, great chances. I think we did a good job moving the puck, shooting the puck. The power play looked good for the first time that we were all together on the ice.

"We didn't really play any games with our full lineup. It's tough to adjust and even if we've been together for a while, it's training camp and you try to get the rust off."

Bryan Bickell scored two goals for Chicago. His first came shorthanded 1:09 into the second period, when he slapped the puck out of midair and past Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead. He made it 2-0 via the power play with six minutes left in the second, redirecting Jeremy Morin's slap shot past Zatkoff.

"(Bickell) is a big body and he can see pucks and he's got a great shot as well," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "He's got that capability of scoring those types of goals and he'll probably be playing with a couple of guys who can get him the puck too. So, we expect his production to be better than it's been."

Montreal Canadiens 3, New Jersey Devils 2: Ryan White's goal in the third period proved to be the game-winner as Montreal edged New Jersey at Bell Centre.

White's goal came with 3:52 remaining, when he redirected Jarred Tinordi's shot past Martin Brodeur.

Max Pacioretty scored twice for the Canadiens, who went 2-for-4 on the power play. Montreal goaltender Carey Price made 19 saves.

"He's a power forward. He uses his speed well to beat his opponents. When he uses his speed, he's very intimidating," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said of Pacioretty. "Since the first day of training camp, we've seen a player who's very determined, a player who's in great shape, a player who has a lot of power and energy. He came into camp with the right attitude and he makes a difference out there."

Michael Ryder and Adam Larsson scored for the Devils. Brodeur stopped 22 shots in the loss. New Jersey went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

The Canadiens opened the scoring at 2:22 of the second period, when Pacioretty beat Brodeur glove-side on the power play.

Ryder, who signed with the Devils in July, tied the game at 4:05 with a high floater from the blue line that bounced off Price and landed in the net.

Pacioretty restored Montreal's one-goal lead at 8:32 via the power play, when he beat Brodeur with a backhand shot to make it 2-1.

Larsson tied the game 2-2 on a deflected shot from the point at 16:47 of the second.

"With the lineup we had, so many young guys, not regulars, compared to Montreal that had their full team, almost, I think we competed real well," Brodeur said. "It's not easy for some of the young guys coming in to a building like that, a full house, to handle themselves. But I thought we did a great job."

Calgary Flames 4, New York Rangers 1: Matt Stajan had a goal and two assists and Karri Ramo made 27 saves as Calgary beat New York at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Curtis Glencross had a goal and an assist and defenseman Dennis Wideman scored his fourth goal of the preseason. Lance Bouma added an empty-net tally.

"We want to go in on a high note," Stajan said, as the Flames continue to prepare for their regular-season opener on Oct. 3 at Washington.

Marc Staal had the lone goal for the Rangers.

Leading 1-0 in the second, Wideman took Stajan's centering feed and rifled a shot past New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Ramo turned aside 15 shots in the second period as the Rangers pressed to get back into the game.

Lundqvist finished with 24 saves.

"We've got a lot of kids that are catching my attention," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.

Edmonton Oilers 2, Winnipeg Jets 1: Jesse Joensuu and Will Action scored and Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves to help Edmonton edge Winnipeg at Rexall Place.

Chris Thorburn scored for the Jets, who have lost three straight.

Edmonton erased a 1-0 deficit 2:39 into the second period when Tyler Pitlick put the puck in front of the net for a hard-charging Joensuu to direct past Jets goalie Edward Pasquale. It was Joensuu's third goal of the preseason.

The Oilers then took the lead at 9:22 of the second, when Acton deflected an Anton Belov point shot through Pasquale's legs.

"My focus has been to take care of my game every day and hopefully the rest takes care of itself," Acton said.

Both teams finished 0-for-7 on the power play.

"There was a lot of special teams," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "Our penalty kill was decent. I didn't think our power play was very cohesive. I didn't think we moved the puck that great. It was kind of a scrambly game. On our part, we didn't generate a lot of offense. It was a tough night for us."

Vancouver Canucks 6, Phoenix Coyotes 1: Jannik Hansen and Yannick Weber each had a goal and an assist and Roberto Luongo made 21 saves in Vancouver's rout of Phoenix at Rogers Arena.

Chris Higgins, Mike Santorelli, Tom Sestito and Jason Garrison also scored for the Canucks.

Martin Hanzal scored the lone goal for Phoenix.

"It was a great team game," Luongo said. "We're focused on the process."

Higgins opened the scoring 16:29 into the game and Hansen followed with a power-play goal 2:04 later.

Hanzal answered with a power-play goal at 1:34 of the second, but it was all Vancouver after that.

Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss made 28 saves.

Material from wire services was used in this report.

Quote of the Day

Obviously a lot happened in a short period of time. At the end of the day, considering everything I went through, I really felt close to my teammates and I really feel like what we accomplished, I know we didn't win it all. ... I'm really proud of how we got there and what we did once we got there.

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