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WASHINGTON (AP) -Brooks Laich's power-play goal 44 seconds into overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.

The Bruins gained a point and moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 85 points. Montreal is sixth with 86 points and Philadelphia is in eighth place with 84 points.

Laich's goal came 20 seconds after Boston's Dennis Wideman was called for high-sticking, and the Capitals had the four-on-three advantage.

Laich beat Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, who finished with 27 saves. It was Laich's 25th goal of the season. Alex Ovechkin finished with two assists.

Nicklas Backstrom, who also assisted on the other two Washington goals, gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 7:36 of the first period with his 31st goal. Backstrom took a pass from Ovechkin and his slap shot trickled past Rask.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Erik Johnson scored on a power play with 1:01 to go in overtime, keeping St. Louis' playoff hopes alive with a victory over Columbus.

Andy McDonald had a goal and an assist and Chris Mason made 27 saves for St. Louis, which has won a season-high five straight at home. The Blues are four points behind Colorado with three games to go for the final Western Conference playoff spot and need to finish ahead of the Avalanche, who swept them in the regular season.

Colorado can knock out the Blues on Tuesday night with a victory at Vancouver.

Derick Brassard scored an early power-play goal and Mathieu Garon made 32 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three straight.

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