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Post Game Notes, Capitals vs. Bruins

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Hat Trick for Clark:

Washington winger Chris Clark earned his 25th , 26th, and 27th goals of the season while posting a natural hat trick. The first goal was assists by Boyd Gordon (19) and Brian Pothier (21) just 1:21 into the first period. His second goal of the game came on a five-on-three power play with 16 seconds left in the first period, assisted by Alexander Semin (28) and Alexander Ovechkin (43). Clark earned the hat trick, the second of his career, at 16:03 of the second period with a shorthanded effort on assists from Brooks Laich (8) and Steve Eminger (14).

Marco makes his mark:
Boston’s Marco Sturm (24) responded to the Washington hat trick with a goal at 18:24 in the second period. Patrice Bergeron (43) and Marc Savard (68) assisted on the power play goal.

Bochenski continues to impress:
Boston winger Brandon Bochenski scored his 12th goal of the season, once again increasing his career season-high in goals and points (previous high was eight goals and seventeen points in 2005-2006). Marco Sturm (17) and Marc Savard (69) assisted on the five-on-three power play goal at 0:30 in the third.

Bergeron ties it up with 20th:
Patrice Bergeron (20) scored a power play goal at 1:35 in the third period. Marc Savard (70) and Zdeno Chara (30) assisted. It was Savard’s seventh assist in three games.

Bruins captains break personal records:
Bruin’s captain Zdeno Chara tied his career-high of 30 assists on the third period goal scored by Patrice Bergeron. Assistant captain Bergeron set a new high with 43 assists, and his third period goal marks the second straight season he has scored 20 or more goals. Marc Savard, wearing the “A” in Glen Murray’s absence, earned his 70th assist this evening, breaking his previous season record of 69.

Bruins impressive on the power play:
Each of Boston’s regulation goals this evening were scored on the power play. In the past two games, the Bruins are 5-14 on the power play, a percentage of 35.7.

Kessel wins it in the shootout:
Phil Kessel had his fourth shoot out deciding goal to win the game for the B’s. Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins, with Alexander Ovechkin scoring the lone Washington goal.

Welcome Walter:
The Bruins recalled center Ben Walter from Providence Thursday morning. Last night’s game marked Walter’s seventh NHL game and his first of the 2006-2007 season. In Providence, the new #56 had earned 22-34=56 totals and was 2nd in the AHL Bruins scoring race. He was tied for fourth overall in the AHL with a plus/minus rating of +24.

Ben’s father, Ryan Walter, was also an NHL center for 15 years. The elder Walter was drafted by the Washington Capitals second overall in 1978 and served as Capitals captain from 1979-1982.

Olie the goalie, back in action:
Washington goaltender Olie Kolzig returned to action tonight after missing 13 games with a knee injury he suffered in practice on February 12.

In memory of Jeff:
The Boston Bruins Foundation’s Bob Sweeney and Bruins legend Terry O’Reilly presented a check for over $113,000 to the Pan Massachusetts Challenge on behalf of the Boston Bruins Foundation Bike Team to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Accepting on behalf of the PMC was Executive Director Billy Star, along with Dana-Farber Director of Development, Suzanne Fountain. Also presenting the check were Susan and John Hayes, parents of 2006 Bruins Bike Team Honorary member, Jeff Hayes. Jeff was the former captain of the Sandwich High hockey team who passed away in January after a long battle with cancer. Jeff was also honored in a video tribute between the first and second periods.

Did you know?
Three of the last 14 Bruins-Capitals games have either been ties or decided by one goal. Each Bruins-Capitals game this season has gone into overtime.

Officials:
Referees - Craig Spada, Marc Joannette
Linesmen - Jonny Murray, Brad Kovachik
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