WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a game between last-place teams, the Boston
Bruins had the better sense of desperation.
The Bruins rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period
and won on Brad Stuart's goal 2:02 into overtime Tuesday night for
a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals.
"We're at this point right now where we have to get it going,"
said Sergei Samsonov, who scored the tying goal with 7:14 remaining
in regulation. "There's nothing really than can discourage us
anymore. We're a desperate team, and I think we kind of showed that
Washington rookie Alexander Ovechkin's 21st goal gave the
Capitals a 3-1 lead with 8:13 remaining in the third period, but
the Bruins capitalized on turnovers to rally for two goals in the
next 59 seconds. Quick puck movement around the crease set up Marco
Sturm's 11th goal, and Samsonov got his 15th by skating to the
front of the crease and deking Olie Kolzig before going to his
backhand for the point-blank shot.
The Bruins dominated overtime, outshooting the Capitals 3-0 in
the extra period and 43-18 for the game. Stuart took a pass from
Patrice Bergeron and put a one-timer to Kolzig's glove side to give
Boston only its third win in eight games.
The victory gives the Bruins a good start to a three-game road
trip before playing 10 of 14 at home in January.
"We're behind the 8-ball here," said Glen Murray, who scored
in the second period. "We need to win games. It's going to be our
season, the month of January, all those games at home. Any win
right now is a big win."
For the Capitals, the loss was bigger than most. They have been
targeting Boston as a team to catch in the Eastern Conference
standings, but they were outplayed for the most of the game -- yet
still managed to take a lead that they couldn't hold. Kolzig had
many tough stops in his 39 saves, the only reason the game was as
close as it was.
"As far as losing in overtime, we didn't deserve to be there,"
coach Glen Hanlon said. "I've never seen so many good saves in a
game in my life by a goalie. They beat us at our game, and our game
is outworking teams and directing pucks to the net and they did a
good job at that. That's the hard part to swallow."
"Olie played so well," Halpern said. "We sold him out."
Mathieu Biron and Chris Clark scored in the second period for
the Capitals, who failed to complete their first three-game winning
streak of the season. Biron, who has spent much of the season as a
healthy scratch, has power-play goals in three consecutive games.
Kolzig had a special interest in the Capitals' charity
drive for the evening. More than $12,000 was raised from ticket
proceeds and a silent auction, including $3,600 for a pair of
Ovechkin's skates, on Autism Awareness Night. Kolzig's son, Carson,
is autistic. ... Capitals D Brendan Witt played in his 600th NHL
game, all with the Capitals. ... Washington fell to 7-0-2 when
leading after two periods. Boston improved to 2-9 when trailing
after 40 minutes. ... Washington was held to fewer than 20 shots
for the sixth time this season.
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Arena: Verizon Center Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Referees: Marc Joannette, Ian Walsh Linesmen: Steve Miller, Tim Nowak
Attendance: 14,871 (80.8% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Mathieu Biron (4)
(Power Play) Assists: Alex Ovechkin, Dainius Zubrus
Glen Murray (13)
Assists: Marco Sturm, David Tanabe
Chris Clark (8)
(Shorthanded) Assist: Brendan Witt
Alex Ovechkin (21)
Marco Sturm (11)
Assists: Alex Zhamnov, Glen Murray
Sergei Samsonov (15)
Assist: Patrice Bergeron
Brad Stuart (4)
Assists: Patrice Bergeron, Hal Gill