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Bruins-Capitals Snapshots

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BRUINS 14-3-2 (30 pts) AT WASHINGTON CAPITALS 8-11-1 (17 pts)

9:58 p.m. - Postgame Snapshots - FINAL: WSH 4, BOS 3 OT

Merlot's Great Chance -
The merlot line continued to get pucks on net and had another great chance in the third with Gregory Campbell leading a rush on net.  Campbell mishandled the puck moments before reaching Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby with Daniel Paille close behind, who nearly hammered the puck home.

Bruins PK Remains Strong -
The Bruins penalty kill unit continues its success going 4-4 tonight, killing off all penalties unscathed in tonight's game.

Caps Tie It - At 13:55 into the third period, Eric Fehr was able to throw a backhand chip pass to Wojtek Wolski who was able to slip it past B's goaltender Tuukka Rask to tie the game.  That goal proved to send the game into overtime, with both teams getting at least one point.

Fehr's Game Winner -
Just 37 seconds into overtime, an off-balance Eric Fehr was able to give the Capitals the OT win, putting the puck past Rask top shelf, to make it two consecutive losses for the B's. The Capitals have now won seven of their last ten.

B's Postgame Coverage:
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Next Game:
The Bruins will look to bounce back from two straight losses to face the Toronto Maple Leafs at home this Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  The Bruins (31 points) will remain one point behind Montreal (32 points) in the Northeast Division, with Montreal falling to the Islanders tonight 6-3.

8:48 p.m. - 2nd Intermission Snapshots - BOS 3, WSH 2

Capitals Score - Ovechkin showed great stick control knocking a puck at shoulder height out of the air before sending it cross-ice to teammate Mike Ribeiro who was able to convert for his eigthh goal of the season. That pass to Ribeiro will be Ovechkin's eighth assist this year. The goal came after quite the scramble around Rask, first when an Ovechkin shot nearly squeaked in by the right post, and then when No. 40 was focused on the No. 8 in red before he fed Ribeiro.

Glass Delay - At 9:16, the high energy game was frozen for about three minutes as a piece of the corner glass was in need of repair.  That time provided both squads a good chance to get a breather to be able to keep up the incredibly fast pace.

Tomas Kundratek's First - The Capitals pulled within one after Tomas Kundratek scored his first NHL goal of the season off of a faceoff. Credited with the assists were Fehr (5) and Backstrom (15) on the play. The faceoff came after an unforunate piece of luck for the B's, as the puck deflected up into the netting on the previous play - hence, the faceoff.

Getting Chippy - Since the Thornton-Erskine fight in the first period, post-whistle pushing and shoving has continued to become more prevalent this game.  Marchand was sent to the box for roughing, after he and Riberio exchanged words, shoves and hugs behind Rask, putting Bruins penalty kill unit to work once again.  The B's PK was able to successfully kill the penalty making them 2-2 on the PK tonight, keeping the lead 3-2 going into the third period.

Thornton on his First Period Fight - Meeting with Naoko Funayama of NESN during the second intermission Thornton spoke about his fight in the first period: "It's not like haven't been looking, I've been trying to go for a while...", Thornton continued,  "I figured I need to shake the rust off anyway, it's been a while."

Marchand in Pain But Okay -
  Marchand headed down the tunnel towards the second period wincing in pain but didn't miss a beat and was out skating in his very next shift with his linemates. Rich Peverley also went down the tunnel for a bit, but was right back on the bench.

7:53 p.m. - 1st Intermission Snapshots - BOS 3, WSH 0

Tuukka Holding Strong - B's goaltender Tuukka Rask continued his leadership from the crease, stopping all six shots he saw that period from the Washington Capitals.  Often praised as the Bruins best penalty killer by his teammates, Rask was able to ward off a flurry of shots in the first period after a Tyler Seguin hooking penalty.

Marchand's Shorty - At 4:51 into the first period Tyler Seguin was called for hooking and the Bruins found themselves shorthanded, sending the B's league leading penalty killers to work.  However, Brad Marchand was able to take full advantage of a loose puck and accelerated ahead of the two remaining Capitals players at center ice before he was hooked on his shot attempt yielding him a penalty shot against Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby.  Marchand was then able to convert on the penalty shot to give him his 12th goal of the season.  Marchand's last shorthanded goal came on January 28, against the Carolina Hurricanes where the Bruins came out on top 5-3.

Chara Scores - A great hustle play by Milan Lucic to dig a puck out of the corner to quickly led to a feed to Chara who one timed it just in front of the blue line hitting David Krejci.  Chara following his own shot was able to take his own rebound off Krejci and sneak it past Holtby to put the Bruins up 2-0.  That goal is Chara's fourth of the season.

Marchy and Dougie Extend Streaks - Marchand's first period goal extends his point streak to three games giving him a total of five points (2-3=5) during that time.  With his 12th goal, Marchand currently sits fourth in the NHL in goals.  Dougie Hamilton was also able to extend his point streak to four games with his first period goal, giving him three goals on the year.

Merlot Line Chances - The Bruins Merlot consisting of Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille, has provided plenty of energy tonight for the B's with a couple good scoring chances already this game with two of the Bruins nine shots coming from Daniel Paille.

Thornton Fights - Shawn Thornton squared off against John Erskine, which is the first time Thornton has fought since the game against Buffalo on January 31.  Thornton and Erskine started the bout pretty evenly, before Thornton was able to land a right punch sending Erskine to the ice. The B's are 7-2-1 in games this season in which they have had at least one fight.

6:40 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots:

Match-up: The B's come into tonight's matchup against the Capitals having won six of their last seven games, with their six-game winning streak snapped by the Montreal Canadiens on March 3. The Capitals have also been been playing well of late, winning six of their last nine games after having a slower start to the season, going just 1-5-1 through the month of January.

Goalie Duel: Tuukka Rask (11-2-2, GAA 1.97, SV% .928) will be in goal for the B's, opposite the Capitals' Braden Holtby (7-7-0, GAA 3.01, SV% .907).

Lineup: Here are the lines during warm-ups, heading into tonight's match-up with Washington. Jay Pandolfo, Lane MacDermid and Aaron Johnson are the healthy scratches.



Bergeron Line Dazzles: The Bergeron-Marchand-Seguin line has been on a tear, registering 14 points between the three of them in their last four games, including a combined eight point performance on March, 3 against the Canadiens. Seguin and Bergeron come into tonight with a plus/minus rating of +15 which ties them for second in the NHL. All three linemates are riding point streaks tonight with assistant captain Bergeron logging points in his last four games (2-5=7). Seguin and Marchand earned points in their last two games registering 2-1=3 and 1-3=4 totals, respectively.

Rookie Streaking: Bruins rookie defenseman, Dougie Hamilton, has been on a three-game point streak notching one goal and two assists in his last three games. Hamilton is second among all league rookie defenseman with 13 points and is tied for third in goals with two.

Bergeron Earns Second Star of the Week: The NHL announced on March 4, that Bruins forward and reigning Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron has been named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week of February 25 to March 3. Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty and Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom earned the first and third stars of the week, respectively. Read more by clicking here.

The B's Capital Problem: The Capitals have gone 11-4-2 in their last 17 games against Boston, including 3-1-0 during last year's campaign. Washington has also won three of the last four season series against the B's dating back to the 2008-09 season.

Special Teams Comparison:
Boston: 9-for-61 on the PP (14.8%, 22nd in NHL), 72-for-79 on the PK (91.1%, 1st in the NHL)
Washington: 18-for-69 on the PP (26.1, 3rd), 63-for-82 on the PK (76.8, tied for 27th)

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