Series (Game 1 of 4)

Boston leads 2-1

Game 1: Wednesday, October 30th
Game 2: Thursday, December 19th
Game 3: Monday, January 20th
Game 4: Saturday, March 8th

Bruins 7

(6-1-0, 14 pts)

Capitals 2

(4-5-0, 9 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 30, 2002

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 3 T
BOS 3 2 27
WSH 1 1 02

T. Thomas (Bruins - G): Saves: 33, Save Pct.: .943

B. Rolston (Bruins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

P. Axelsson (Bruins - F): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Rolston stays hot in 7-2 victory over Caps

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The punchless Washington Capitals weren't much of an obstacle for the Boston Bruins or their rookie goalie.

Brian Rolston

Brian Rolston had a goal and two assists as the Boston Bruins extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with a 7-2 victory Wednesday night over the Washington Capitals.

''Everybody chips in, everyone who's called on to do something right now does it to the best of their ability and that's all you can ask,'' Boston coach Robbie Ftorek said. ''We're really pleased with the way they're playing right now.''

P.J. Axelsson, Rob Zamuner, Josef Stumpel, Bryan Berard, Joe Thornton and Glen Murray also tallied for the Bruins, who are 6-0-2 since losing their season opener at Minnesota on Oct. 11.

The streak is the longest for Boston since an identical run from Nov. 19-Dec. 10, 1998.

Rookie goalie Tim Thomas, playing in his second NHL game, made 33 saves for his second victory. He said Boston's biggest goal output of the season alleviated any pressure.

''The guys certainly gave me enough of a cushion, which makes it a little bit easier,'' Thomas said. ''You're playing against (Jaromir) Jagr, (Peter) Bondra and those guys and you can't let them back in the game. That was my goal -- not to give them a sniff, not to let them think they have a chance.''

Kip Miller and Steve Konowalchuk scored for Washington, which has dropped two straight and is winless in four (0-3-1).

Craig Billington, starting in place of Washington's injured regular Olaf Kolzig (left hand), lasted only 21:58 before being yanked from the net in favor of rookie Sebastian Charpentier. Billington allowed four goals on only 12 shots.

''We had so many chances -- we couldn't buy a goal and the goalie didn't make any saves. That's the whole game,'' said Jagr, who had two assists.

Boston grabbed a 1-0 lead 1:31 in when Axelsson followed up Mike Knuble's rebound from the left side. Zamuner finished off a 4-on-2 break at 8:03, sweeping a wrist shot inside the right post from the left circle.

Miller's power-play goal cut the lead in half at 10:38. But Stumpel restored the two-goal advantage about 7 minutes later, lifting the puck over a crease-clogging logjam of Billington and two fallen defenders.

Rolston's shorthanded tally made it 4-1 early in the second period and sent Billington to the bench. Boston scored on its second shot against Charpentier when Berard stuffed the puck between the goalie's pads on a breakaway 9:54 into the second.

Konowalchuk trimmed the lead to 5-2 at 11:01. Thornton and Murray scored in the third period.

''It was a long night, right from the first shift,'' Konowalchuk said. ''Not many positives at all.''

Game notes

D Sean O'Donnell's assist on Axelsson's goal was his first point in 18 games. ... Billington has been pulled in two of his four starts. ... Coming off an eight-game road trip, Washington played at MCI Center for the first time since its season opener Oct. 11. ... Bruins C P.J. Stock, who had 122 penalty minutes last season, picked up his first fighting major of the season in a third-period scrap with Stephen Peat. With two assists, Stock recorded his first career multiple-point game.

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