When the Caps surrendered a couple of goals in the first 2:12 of Thursday’s game against to the Bruins, things weren’t looking too good for the home team.
Then they remembered they were playing the Bruins. And they never lose to the Bruins.
Brett Connolly tied the game midway through the third period and Alex Ovechkin scored the only goal in the shootout to lift Washington to a 4-3 victory.
The win was the Caps’ 12th straight over the Bruins, while it also halted their losing streak at three games.
Tarik’s three stars of the game:
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1. Alex Ovechkin, Capitals
Ovechkin scored on the power play, firing a one-timer over Anton Khudobin’s shoulder to knot the score, 2-2, in the second period. The goal was the Caps' first on the power play in five-plus games. But No. 8 saved his best for last: he fired a shot past Khudobin in the skills competition to stop the Caps' slide.
2. Lars Eller, Capitals
The Caps hadn’t scored in seven-plus periods when Eller took an off-balance shot from the slot in the second period, just on the off chance that it might lead to something. It did. The puck ended up eluding Khudobin and cut the Caps’ deficit in half, 2-1, at 12:31 of the second period. The goal was Eller’s first in 17 games.
3. Braden Holtby, Capitals
Holtby made 28 saves in regulation, three in overtime and he shut the B’s down in the shootout. No. 70 was arguably the Caps’ best player in the third period as he turned away nine of the 10 shots he faced.
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