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POSTGAME NOTEBOOK - Caps 4, Bruins 3 (OT)

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps /

Win - Facing the Bruins in Boston in the last of three consecutive preseason road games, the Caps came away with their first victory of the exhibition season, a 4-3 overtime win.

Washington wasn't able to maintain a 2-1 second-period lead or a 3-2 advantage in the third; the Bruins came back to knot the score both times. But after Boston's David Pastrnak scored the tying tally with 3:29 remaining in regulation, the Caps executed a late penalty kill to get the game into overtime.

Anthony Mantha won it for Washington just 101 seconds into the extra session, calling his own number on a 2-on-1 and beating Boston goalie Linus Ullmark with a fake shot followed by a quick release wrist shot to win it.

Video: WSH@BOS: Mantha picks his moment and scores OT winner

The Caps conclude their exhibition season on Friday night in the District when they host the Philadelphia Flyers.

In The Middle Of It All - Rookie center Connor McMichael centered a line with Conor Sheary and T.J. Oshie on Wednesday, logging a total of 12:17 on the night. Earlier in camp, McMichael was getting a fair amount of power play ice time, but all but five seconds of his ice time against Boston came at even strength.

McMichael finished the night with three face-off wins in 10 draws, but two of those wins came early in the game, in the offensive zone against Boston's Erik Haula. Haula, you may recall, won 17 of 24 draws (71%) on Sept. 26 in the preseason opener for both teams.

Early in Wednesday's game, McMichael and his linemates were forces in the offensive zone. The young center's ice time was limited in the third period because of all the special teams play, but Oshie had positive reviews of McMichael's play at night's end.

"My biggest message for him was just to have fun in play his game, whatever he sees," says Oshie. "He's a great player. He's a smart hockey player, especially with the puck, and he made a couple of big plays today to keep [offensive] zone time alive.

"I know there was one time he was rushing down the ice in the second [period] with two defenders on him. He took a look back, saw where I was, and got it to the other side of the net for me. That creates some [offensive] zone time, and that's a big time play for a kid his age and for someone with that skill level to put that effort forth, and [Boston has] a couple of big guys.

Video: T.J. Oshie | October 7

"But other than that, I'm just there to play my game and hopefully play simple, and hopefully that that helps him. I try to be smart in case there's any breakdowns, and today I actually made a couple mistakes. But I definitely feel comfortable with him and with [Hendrix Lapierre]. it's just really fun playing with these young guys who are just coming in, and their minds are fresh and hungry and they've got tons of talent and skill, so it's been a pleasure."

Generator - Wednesday's game was Washington's third straight on the road, and the Caps were held off the scoresheet at 5-on-5 in each of their previous road games, on Saturday night in Philadelphia and on Monday in New Jersey.

In Wednesday's 4-3 win over Boston, the Caps scored their first two goals at 5-on-5, and Washington defenseman Nick Jensen was a catalyst for both tallies. On the first one, he dove down the left side wall after an exchange with Caps center Evgeny Kuznetsov, starting the play that led to Kuznetsov's weak side strike that tied the game at 1-1 seconds later.

Shortly thereafter, his pokecheck of Boston's Taylor Hall at the Washington line sparked Tom Wilson's breakaway goal that gave the Caps a 2-1 lead in the second.

Video: WSH@BOS: Wilson puts Capitals ahead off breakaway

"I wasn't really thinking much about it," says Jensen. "I was just trying to play an aggressive game with moving my feet; that was my main focus. Everything that happened kind of stemmed from that.

"In preseason, you're just trying play your best hockey and hit the ground running when you play that game one. Right now, it's just trying to play as aggressive as possible. And obviously, sometimes it's too aggressive. I gave up almost two breakaways. There are things that have to be corrected before the season, but at the same time I'm trying to play an aggressive game and hit the ground running for that game one."

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