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Marchand scores in OT, Bruins top Capitals in Game 2 to even series

Hall ties it late in third period; Anderson makes 44 saves for Washington

by Harvey Valentine / Independent Correspondent

Marchand wins Game 2 in overtime

BOS@WSH, Gm2: Marchand one-times Game 2 OT winner

R1, Gm2: Brad Marchand sets up inside the circle and hammers Matt Grzelcyk's pass by Craig Anderson 39 seconds into overtime to win Game 2

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WASHINGTON -- Brad Marchand scored 39 seconds into overtime, and the Boston Bruins rallied for a 4-3 win against the Washington Capitals in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup First Round at Capital One Arena on Monday.

Marchand won it with a one-timer from Matt Grzelcyk in the right face-off circle after a turnover by Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon to even the best-of-7 series.

"I don't know how it got up to [David Krejci], but he did a great job kind of settling everything down the way he does and got it over to 'Grezi,'" Marchand said. "I think he went to the net and drew everybody to him, and Grezi made a great play to get it over [to me], and it went in."

Taylor Hall tied the game with 2:49 remaining in the third period, and Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for the Bruins, who are the No. 3 seed in the MassMutual East Division.

"I think the guys that have been here understood the urgency of this game. We had to play better," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Obviously getting the win is very important, but for our own selves, we needed to play a better hockey game. I thought we were the better team tonight and were full value for the win."

Video: BOS@WSH, Gm2: Hall knocks puck home to tie game

Garnet Hathaway scored two goals for the Capitals, who are the No. 2 seed. Craig Anderson made 44 saves.

Game 3 will be played at Boston on Wednesday (6:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, NESN, NBCSWA).

"We knew they were going to come back with a little bit more bite tonight offensively, and some of the things we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit with execution," Washington coach Peter Laviolette said. "So there's things I think we can do better as we head to Boston."

Anderson, who turns 40 on Friday, made his first start in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since a 3-2 loss in double overtime with the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He made 21 saves in relief in a 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 on Saturday after Vitek Vanecek sustained a lower-body injury in the first period.

"We needed him to play great, and I thought he did," Hathaway said of Anderson. "It's tough, you know, last minute, couple minutes left for a goal to tie it and then [it ends] quick in overtime. I think it kind of overshadows how we played and how he played especially."

Video: BOS@WSH, Gm2: Hathaway buries his second goal of game

Hall tied it 3-3 at 17:11 of the third period when he knocked the puck in during a scrum in front of the net. It was his first playoff goal with the Bruins, who acquired Hall in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres on April 12.

"It was a greasy goal, for sure," Hall said. "I thought as the game wore on, the score might not have reflected it, but we really found our game, and by the third period, their goal excluded, I thought we really had it. We had a lot of action at the net, a lot of shots there, and we're going to have to continue doing that, obviously."

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead on Jake DeBrusk's second goal of the series at 5:05 of the first period after a pass from behind the net by Charlie Coyle.

T.J. Oshie tied it 1-1 when he deflected Alex Ovechkin's shot for a power-play goal at 6:31.

Patrice Bergeron gave Boston a 2-1 lead at 9:21. David Pastrnak gloved down Dmitry Orlov's clearing attempt at the blue line and fed Bergeron in the high slot for a wrist shot.

Video: BOS@WSH, Gm2: Bergeron rips puck by Anderson in 1st

The Capitals tied it again when Orlov's shot deflected off Hathaway's skate to make it 2-2 at 16:42 of the first.

Hathaway, a fourth-line forward, scored his second of the game at 7:04 of the third period on a 2-on-1 rush with Orlov to give Washington a 3-2 lead.

He scored six goals in 56 regular-season games and did not score a point in his first 14 NHL playoff games.

"I think it's huge for us to contribute offensively," Hathaway said. "I know we're capable of it. You can go back to the regular season and see how we played. We take a lot of [defensive] zone starts, but I think we contribute."

NOTES: Washington center Lars Eller left the game at 10:34 of the second period because of a lower-body injury. There was no update. … Pheonix Copley backed up Anderson. Ilya Samsonov participated in an optional practice after being removed from NHL COVID-19 protocol Saturday, but Laviolette said the Capitals goalie probably would need some practice time before he's ready to at least dress as the backup. … Each of the past 11 playoff games between Boston and Washington has been decided by one goal, the longest such run in NHL history. That total includes this series, a round-robin game last postseason, all seven games in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and Game 7 of the 1998 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. … Oshie tied Peter Bondra for second in Capitals history with his 13th power-play goal in the playoffs. Ovechkin leads with 25.

Video: Hall, Marchand lift Bruins to Game 2 win in overtime

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