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Wilson scores twice, boosts Capitals past Bruins

Forward helps Washington win 10th straight against Boston

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Washington Capitals continued their recent dominance of the Boston Bruins with help from an unlikely offensive source Saturday.

 

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Forward Tom Wilson had the first two-goal game of his NHL career in the regular season to lift the Capitals to a 3-2 win at TD Garden, their 10th straight victory against the Bruins.

Wilson, who entered Saturday with 21 goals in 322 NHL games, scored his first two goals of the season in his 10th game.

"I think the whole line's been generating chances," said Wilson, who had a two-goal game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 19. "In this league it's tough to score goals, so as long as we're generating chances you know you get a couple bounces and they go in.

"The goalies are good so you've just got to stay the course. Lars [Eller], [Chandler Stephenson] and I just kind of found a new kind of chemistry that's been clicking."

Alex Ovechkin ended a five-game goal drought, and Braden Holtby made 31 saves for the Capitals (7-6-1), who have won their past two games and haven't lost to the Bruins since March 29, 2014.

Video: WSH@BOS: Ovechkin tallies on one-timer from circle

David Pastrnak ended a four-game goal drought with two goals, and Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for the Bruins (5-4-3), who lost in regulation for the first time in seven games (3-1-3).

"I think we had a strong 40 minutes. I think we were the better team," Pastrnak said. "But what kind of hurt us is starts like that, especially against a team like Washington. ... Disappointed we couldn't get the one point."

Wilson gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 7:01 of the first period after Washington forward Lars Eller tried to spin a shot on net. The puck deflected off Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron to Wilson, who shot it from the goal line to the right of Rask.

Rask kept it 1-0 with a left-leg save on an Ovechkin breakaway at 12:27. But then Ovechkin made it 2-0 at 13:06 with a one-timer from the high slot.

Pastrnak cut the lead to 2-1 at 3:37 of the second, driving to the net after a pass from Bergeron.

Video: WSH@BOS: Pastrnak pots Bergeron's feed for nice goal

Wilson's second goal gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead at 18:50 of the second, when he tipped Brooks Orpik's shot and it snuck in under the crossbar.

Wilson later had a shorthanded breakaway, but Rask prevented the hat trick 1:25 into the third period. Though they didn't score shorthanded, the Capitals killed all of a double minor for high sticking against Orpik.

"That was disappointing," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "It was an opportunity to get back in the game. And eventually the power play did score to get us back in the game. But you'd like to see it a little bit earlier and a little bit smoother because it's been a strength of our team. So absolutely we needed to be better there."

Pastrnak scored his second goal on a power play at 17:28 of the third by banking a shot off Holtby's arm and through the short side to make it 3-2.

 

Goal of the game

Wilson scored his second goal of the game on a tip-in at 18:50 of the second period.

Video: WSH@BOS: Wilson deflects Orpik's shot home bar-down

 

Save of the game

Holtby stopped Sean Kuraly's shot from the left wing at 11:34 of the third period.

Video: WSH@BOS: Holtby shuts down Kuraly's quick wrist shot

 

Highlight of the game

Orpik blocked Zdeno Chara's slap shot from the right point with five seconds remaining.

Video: WSH@BOS: Orpik blocks a hard shot from Chara

 

They said it

"Everybody has to step up right now. And that Lars line played well. They're feeling it and it's good for us." -- Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin on the play of Tom Wilson, Lars Eller and Chandler Stephenson

"There's games when you lose where you feel you didn't give your best effort. I think we lost the first 20 minutes but the next 40 I thought we played really good. And that's how the environment in here is, is that we really gave our best there." - Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy

 

Need to know

The Capitals have won their past five games in Boston. ... Referee Chris Rooney worked his 1,000th NHL game. He was presented gifts by the Bruins and Capitals before the game.

 

What's next

Capitals: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, FS-A, NHL.TV)

Bruins: Host the Minnesota Wild on Monday (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, NESN, FS-N, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Wilson, Holtby power Capitals past Bruins, 3-2

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