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Marchand scores four points, Bruins top Capitals for fourth win in row

Has two goals, two assists to reach 700 NHL points; Ovechkin remains one behind Dionne

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

Marchand nets goal on backhand

WSH@BOS: Marchand scores on backhand from in front

Brad Marchand takes control after a Charlie McAvoy pass, maneuvers to his backhand and scores from in front, as the Bruins tie the game at 3

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BOSTON -- Brad Marchand scored four points to reach 700 in the NHL, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Washington Capitals 6-3 at TD Garden on Sunday.

Marchand had two goals and two assists, Patrice Bergeron had two goals and an assist, and David Krejci scored twice for Boston (25-12-6). 

Tuukka Rask made 30 saves to help the Bruins improve to 4-0-0 since the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday, when they acquired forwards Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar from the Buffalo Sabres. Boston got defenseman Mike Reilly from the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

"Four games, four wins. So yeah, I would say [we're rolling]," Krejci said. "I guess before the trade deadline, it's never fun, right? But after that, we're here, this is the team, and now we're just playing. We're just going out there, trusting the system and we're just playing the game. We just go out and we play."

Video: WSH@BOS: Krejci puts Bruins ahead with goal

Alex Ovechkin didn't score for Washington and remained at 730 goals, one behind Marcel Dionne for fifth in NHL history.

T.J. Oshie scored twice, and Vitek Vanecek made 22 saves for Washington (29-13-4), which had its three-game road winning streak end.

"I've got to give our guys credit, I don't think that we ever stopped trying to pursue that game and it just didn't happen for us tonight," Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. "We had a lot of really good looks, we had three or four breakaways and just weren't able to cash in on it. There was a lot of good things that we did. At the end of the day, there was probably a mistake or two that we maybe should have cleaned up, could have cleaned up."

The Bruins are in fourth place in the eight-team MassMutual East Division, three points behind the third-place Pittsburgh Penguins and four points ahead of the fifth-place New York Rangers. The Capitals are in first, two points ahead of the New York Islanders. The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Bergeron scored a shorthanded goal at 12:02 of the first period to give Boston a 1-0 lead.

Krejci made it 2-0 at 13:56 when he tapped in a cross-ice pass from Connor Clifton.

Oshie scored with 10 seconds left in the first to cut the lead to 2-1, diving in front to put in a rebound.

Video: WSH@BOS: Mantha fires wrist shot through for PPG

With Clifton serving a double minor for high sticking, Oshie scored his second goal on a one-timer at 3:48 of the second period to tie it 2-2.

Anthony Mantha scored from the top of the right face-off circle at 4:54 to give Washington a 3-2 lead. He has scored a goal in each of the four games since he was acquired in a trade from the Detroit Red Wings.

Marchand tied it 3-3 at 6:33, putting in a backhand shot in front. Krejci made it 4-3 at 16:02 when he dragged the puck back to avoid sliding Dmitry Orlov before shooting past Vanecek.

"They take the lead, and we stuck with it," Bergeron said. "We know that if we play the right way, we can get back in games, we've done it many times before. So it was nice to see that poise and that confidence."

Bergeron made it 5-3 with his second goal at 17:45 of the second on a 3-on-2 with Marchand and David Pastrnak.

Video: WSH@BOS: Bergeron caps rush with second goal of game

Marchand scored into an empty net at 18:16 of the third period for the 6-3 final and his 700th NHL point, the ninth Bruins player to reach that milestone.

"Against a team like that, big moments changed the game," Washington forward Tom Wilson said. "They have a lot of good players on that side, and through the middle of the game, just got to control the outcome as best you can. I think this time of year you don't want to give them anything, and it felt like there was a couple breakdowns they capitalized on."

NOTES: The Capitals played without defenseman Zdeno Chara, who missed his first game of the season with an undisclosed injury, and then lost defenseman Justin Schultz because of a lower-body injury sustained in the first period. There was no update on Schultz after the game. Chara is day to day. … With an assist on Mantha's goal, Orlov extended his point streak to five games (two goals, three assists). … Bergeron's second goal was the 21,000th in Bruins history. … Boston defenseman Jarred Tinordi, who replaced Jakub Zboril (illness) in the lineup, left the game with a facial injury in the third period.

Video: Marchand records four points, Bruins defeat Capitals

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